A former Playboy cover girl dubbed the ‘Powder Queen’ allegedly ran a gang of women who supplied drugs and prostitutes to high-end clientele.
Model Flavia Tamayo was arrested in Vitoria, Brazil, with prosecutors claiming she tried to take her clothes off as she was detained walking into a luxury hotel.
The 22-year-old, who once featured on the cover of Playboy Portugal, was arrested on suspicion of leading an all-female criminal organisation of who provided cocaine, hashish and women to ‘VIP’ customers who would pay between 500 and 1000 BRL (£75 to £150) for a ‘programme’ of sex and drugs.
Prosecutor Rafael Correa is reported in local media outlet Globo as saying: “The information we have is that she created a package, a combo of prostitution and drug sales, either for consumption at the time of that [sexual]relationship, or for a later time.
“She worked at first as a call girl providing drugs to people who were contracting her services, but there is also evidence that she also had something like a drug delivery service in the federal capital.”
The Civil Police in Brazil’s Federal District said Tamayo was known as the “Powder Queen” and the “Powder Panther,” according to Globo.
Ricardo Oliveira, an investigator from the Asa Norte area in the Federal District said: “She had a very busy agenda and did not have a set premises, she travelled all over Brazil. One day before the operation [to arrest her, she went to [the city of]Florianopolis [in southern Brazil].”
The model is set to be transferred to the capital Brasilia but it is unclear when this will occur.
In the video she can be seen being led away by plain-clothes officers and Correa is reported in newspaper Correio Braziliense as saying: “When we said that she would be taken to the police station, she then saw that she was being arrested.
“The woman started screaming and struggling in the hotel lobby.
“There were even some people at the reception, and we managed to immobilise her with the help of a female police officer.
“After being immobilised, she was handcuffed. “
Local news outlet Extra, part of the Globo network, report prosecutor Correa as saying she tried to take off her clothes as she resisted arrest.
The investigation is ongoing, with the authorities working to determine the origin of the drugs the suspect allegedly sold.
It is unclear if she has been charged.