Swimsuit Model Accused of Running Drug Ring From West Hollywood Apartment

The 37-year-old is suspected of mailing crystal methamphetemine to Australia from her apartment in West Hollywood, authorities said

A successful swimsuit model accused of masterminding an international crystal meth ring from her Hollywood apartment was arrested in Australia after skipping bail.

Simone Farrow, 37, was on the run for almost a month before Australian officials found her at a hotel on Australian’s Gold Coast last week, according to the Sunday Telegraph.

Farrow, who also goes by the surname Starr, was arrested on suspicion that she used bags of bath salts to traffic crystal methamphetamine, which she would allegedly deliver Down Under from her swanky West Hollywood apartment, the news outlet reported.

She was out on $150,000 bail, paid for by two friends, for a suspected drug operation stemming from 2009, when Drug Enforcement Administration officials raided her apartment in the 900 block of North Doheny Drive, according to the report.

When she was nabbed March 14, Farrow defended her decision to flee the U.S. as an attempt to save her life.

"Someone was trying to murder me," Farrow said, according to the Sunday Telegraph.

The model was once the face of Ed Hardy swimwear, and reportedly has at least 19 aliases, and legally changed her surname to Lawson in Nov. 2011, the Telegraph reported.


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Police claim they found high-grade crystal methamphetamine piled on desks in her apartment.

They alleged the Penthouse Pet would hide the drugs in packages to be mailed to New South Wales and Victoria, Australia.

Court documents showed more than $580,000 was deposited into her account between Feb. 2009 and Oct. 2010.

Authorities believe at least 7 people may be involved in the operation, and the Sunday Telegraph confirmed that one member of the alleged "criminal enterprise" committed suicide in a Hollywood motel after being contacted by U.S. authorities.

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