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Former Penthouse Pet back in jail

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Emma Partridge

Addiction: Simone Farrow failed drug tests.

Addiction: Simone Farrow failed drug tests.

A former Penthouse Pet accused of peddling the drug ice in packets of bath salts is back in custody in Sydney after failing drug tests while she was on bail.

Simone Farrow, 37, formerly known as Simone Cheung, is charged with being involved with a drug syndicate that imported 312 grams of ice, shipped from Los Angeles to Australia in 2009. If found guilty, she could face a maximum of 25 years in jail.

The model, also known as Simone Starr, was on bail pending a court appearance that would decide if she was fit to stand trial on March 20.

Her lawyers argued she was unfit to face the charge because of her addiction to the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, the Downing Centre District Court heard in February.

Ms Farrow appeared briefly before Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday after she was arrested on Friday for breaching her bail. She interrupted proceedings several times, yelling out ''you're nasty'', ''it's really hot in here'' and ''I can't stay here''.

Australian Federal Police prosecutors told the court Ms Farrow failed to report to Surry Hills police station twice and methamphetamine traces were found in two of her urine samples. They argued she was a flight risk because she had skipped bail twice before, once fleeing to Queensland by using a fake doctor's certificate.

A relationship with her boyfriend Trent Vereker, who previously posted $50,000 bail for her, had also broken down.

Since being granted bail after her first arrest in October 2009, Ms Farrow had been found in possession of ice, had conspired to secure a bail surety who was not known to her, and had consumed ice with a co-accused while on bail, court documents alleged.

During their submissions, the prosecutors said Ms Farrow faced separate fraud charges involving 11 cheques to the value of $50,000 in the name of barrister Anthony Renshaw.

She was formally refused bail until she appears at the Downing Centre District Court on March 20.

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