Warrant issued from Australia for former Playmate Brandi Brandt, ex-wife of Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx
A FORMER Playboy Playmate, Brandi Brandt, and her ex-boyfriend, stunt motorbike rider and surfer Rusty Setser, have been charged with conspiring to import cocaine into Australia and dealing with the proceeds of crime.
Australian authorities have issued warrants for the arrest of the pair, who are based in the US, and extradition proceedings are underway in California in a bid to have them brought to Australia.Ms Brandt is well known in the US as the former wife of Nikki Sixx, co-founder and bassist of rock group Motley Crue.
Documents lodged in the US District Court for the central district of California outline the investigation into Ms Brandt and Mr Setser, who are no longer romantically involved.
In December 2007, Australian Customs officials discovered blocks of cocaine in the garbage bins of a toilet on a flight that had arrived from Los Angeles. The 5.3kg discovery triggered an investigation into cocaine importation on commercial flights.
“As part of the conspiracy, drug couriers hid cocaine on airplanes travelling from the United States to Australia,” court documents lodged in Ms Brandt’s case allege. “Upon arrival in Australia, the syndicate used employees of Gate Gourmet, an airline catering company, to remove the hidden cocaine.
“Ms Brandt received $130,000 in wire transfers between July and November 2007, and it is alleged this was “proceeds of crime derived from undetected importations of cocaine” on four other occasions.
Charges against other members of the alleged conspiracy were made in 2009, but investigators did not lose sight of Ms Brandt and Mr Setser, issuing warrants for their arrest in 2011 and launching extradition proceedings in July this year.
Ms Brandt’s case is ongoing, after she filed papers opposing the extradition.
An extradition hearing was held last month in regard to Mr Setser, the court finding he was “extraditable” and steps are in place for him to come to Australia to face the charges.
He did not contest the extradition, but “he does not admit probable cause” in relation to the charges. Mr Setser is alleged to have received $138,000 relating to cocaine brought into Australia. –
The above was found on The Australian