Penthouse Pet Nabbed After Month on the Run

By McCarton Ackerman 03/19/12

Bikini model-turned-fugitive Simone Farrow is the suspected mastermind behind a global drug-trafficking enterprise.

Farrow arrives in custody in Sydney.
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Former Penthouse Pet Simone Farrow took part in a different kind of photo shoot on Australia's Gold Coast last week, after being arrested and charged with running a global drug ring. The 37-year-old bikini model, who did numerous ads for Ed Hardy and was voted one of the "sexiest women in the world" by FHM magazine, had been on the run for a month after failing to attend two scheduled court appearances and fleeing $150,000 bail. She was branded an international fugitive, then eventually found lying low in a cheap motel. The bail stems from an October 2009 arrest in which police seized 85 grams of crystal meth and other documents from Farrow's Hollywood apartment. She's accused of trafficking meth in bags of bath salts and setting up a fake company, GlobalStarr, to make shipments back to Australia through FedEx and the postal service. Cops claim she has at least 19 aliases, and believe she's the brains behind an "ongoing criminal enterprise" involving at least seven other people. Farrow was transferred to Sydney on Saturday, where she told reporters she only fled because "someone was trying to murder me." 

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.