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Simone Farrow, swimsuit model and former Penthouse Pet, is alleged drug ringleader

Model and former Penthouse Pet Simone Farrow was arrested on drug trafficking charges during a police raid on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. Personal Photo

(CBS/KCBS) WEST HOLLYWOOD - Australian swimsuit model and former Penthouse Pet Simone Farrow has been accused of running an international drug ring.

Pictures: Penthouse model arrested on drug trafficking charges

According to CBS Los Angeles, authorities say the model used her West Hollywood apartment and 19 different aliases to traffic methamphetamine across the world in FedEx envelopes and everyday mailboxes.

Farrow was arrested last Wednesday on the Gold Coast of Australia and extradited to Sydney after skipping out on bail nearly a month ago, ABC News reports.

The former Ed Hardy clothing shop model was first arrested on drug charges in her native Australia in October 2009 after authorities raided her Sunset Boulevard apartment, allegedly seizing drugs and documents, ABC News reports.

Farrow posted her $150,000 bail in February and fled, skipped a hearing last month, CBS Los Angeles reports. According to the station, Farrow sent a fake letter to the court from a doctor saying she was hospitalized.

Last week, investigators on the east coast of Australia reportedly tracked Farrow to a motel. Upon her arrest, Farrow claimed she was not running from authorities but rather fleeing because she believed she was a murder target, CBS Los Angeles reports.

ABC News reports investigators also say that Farrow was the mastermind of the "ongoing criminal enterprise," which they claim involved at least seven people.

The Ed Hardy company told CBS Los Angeles that Farrow hadn't worked for them since 2006.


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