Bikini model to stand trial
AN INSTAGRAM bikini model will stand trial in Melbourne over allegations she was part of a group trafficking steroids between the Ukraine, China and Australia.
Raquel Yasmine Petit, 25, will face the County Court on 47 charges including trafficking a commercial quantity of steroids and dealing with $46,920 suspected of being proceeds of crime.
She's also facing 42 charges relating to making, using and producing false documents including a fake Queensland drivers licence.
Magistrate Peter Reardon on Friday ruled there was sufficient evidence for Ms Petit, who now lives on the Gold Coast, to stand trial and ordered she return to court next week.
Ms Petit, who has developed her own swimwear line, has pleaded not guilty.
Court documents allege she and two co-accused were part of the operation between 2015 and 2016 to import steroids and have them delivered to a number of post office boxes.
Police allege Petit sent $46,920 to the Ukraine and China, from where the steroids were sourced.
The two co-accused are also alleged to have trafficked cocaine and methamphetamine, but police say Ms Petit was not involved in that part of the operation.
Steroid and cocaine packages were intercepted by Australian Border Force officers.
Police claim the consignment was linked to the trio and associated post office boxes set up by Ms Petit.
Magistrate Peter Reardon found sufficient evidence for Ms Petit to stand trial and ordered she face the County Court on Monday.