International swimsuit model Simone Farrow is accused of being the mastermind behind a global drug ring, was arrested after almost a month on the run.
Farrow, who was once the face of the Ed Hardy brand of bikinis, was extradited to Sydney on Wednesday night after her arrest at a cheap hotel on the Gold Coast Highway in eastern Australia.
Accused of trafficking high-grade crystal meth in bags of bath salts from a plush Hollywood high-rise, Farrow broke down and pleaded her innocence on arrival at Sydney airport.
Flanked by two federal police officers, Farrow, 37, who has at least 19 aliases and a long-lost teenage daughter, claimed she only fled interstate because she was being pursued by killers.
“The only reason I’ve done this is because someone was trying to murder me,” Farrow told Australia’s Sunday Telegraph. “I’ve been in … relationships with numerous underworld figures or whatever you want to call them and I feel that maybe they feel threatened by my situation.”
“It’s either a person or an organization,” she added. “I will bring [details] to light during the next couple of weeks.”
ABC writes that Farrow was first arrested in October 2009 after flying to Australia while the United States DEA was raiding her Sunset Boulevard apartment, allegedly seizing drugs and documents.
After having a friend post her $150,000 bond in February, Farrow skipped bail and was deemed a fugitive. Authorities — who claim Simone often distributed her meth hidden in packages containing bath products, pants or fountain kits — finally caught up with the former model last week.
“It’s not uncommon in the modeling and entertainment industry,” former special agent Brad Garrett told ABC News. “If your skill set doesn’t take you any place else, where’s it going to take you? A quick buck would be distributing methamphetamine. It tells me that she was not that sophisticated, and she may be desperate for money.”