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Ed Hardy swimsuit model Simone Farrow arrested, accused of running international drug ring from Hollywood

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After skipping bail about a month ago, Simone Farrow, a former Ed Hardy swimsuit model accused of heading an international drug ring from an apartment in Hollywood, has been arrested in Australia, ABC News reports.

The the 37-year-old is accused of trafficking high-grade crystal meth around the world from 19 different aliases via FedEx and the postal service, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and Australian authorities. She allegedly hid the methamphetamine in shipments of bath salts.

Farrow, who denied the charges, was arrested in Queensland and extradited to Sydney last week, saying she was on the run from people who were trying to kill her.

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."

She was first arrested in 2009 after drugs and documents were allegedly seized during a DEA raid of her Sunset Boulevard apartment while she traveled to Australia. 

Investigators believe Farrow masterminded an "ongoing criminal enterprise," and involved at least seven people in her operation. One alleged member of the syndicate is said to have committed suicide in a Hollywood motel after being contacted by authorities.

As a bikini model, Penthouse magazine "pet," and pin-up girl, she assumed the stage name Simone Starr. Three times she made FHM magazine's list of Sexiest Women In The World, and she reportedly promoted herself on her website as a singer/songwriter and aspiring reality television star.

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