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Bikini-clad drug kingpin, or much ado about little?

March 20, 2012 | 12:31 pm


This post has been corrected. See note below.

An international swimsuit model arrested last week in Australia is accused of operating a global drug ring out of her Hollywood apartment, according to multiple reports, although L.A. law enforcement sources say they know little about it.

Simone Farrow, 37, was once an Ed Hardy bikini model and Penthouse Magazine “pet,” but multiple media outlets say she has run into trouble with the federal DEA since investigators began searching her international shipments in 2009.

A spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration said the model was not being charged in the United States and it was unclear if she committed any crimes from her Los Angeles apartment.

“It’s an investigation in Australia,” said spokesman Rusty Payne. “We were asked to help out the Australian Federal Police on a couple of minor issues. We provided limited support, including administrative subpoenas.

“We’ll see where it goes from here.”

MSNBC.com reported DEA officials raided Farrow’s apartment in 2009, claiming they found evidence she ran a crystal meth ring.

Though the exact timeline is unclear, CBS2 reported Farrow later was arrested in Australia. ABC News reported a friend posted $150,000 bail in February, but Farrow missed her court date. ABC News also reported that Farrow was arrested last week at a hotel on Australia's Gold Coast and extradited to Sydney.

Following her arrest, Farrow denied claims she had been on the run since the investigation began.  

“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," she told The Sunday Telegraph.

"I wasn't trying to flee the country at all; I was trying to protect myself from being killed or harmed."

Under the stage name Simone Starr, Farrow made FHM magazine's Sexiest Women in the World list three times. A spokesperson for Ed Hardy told CBS2 that Farrow had not modeled for the company since 2006.  

[For the Record, March 23: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said the DEA had been asked to help the Austrian Federal Police.]


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Photo: Simone Farrow is escorted by police Wednesday at the airport in Sydney, Australia. Credit: Newspix via AP Images