Bachelor star Marjorie Griffiths emerges from jail on bail over drug supply and money laundering charges

A Bachelor star charged over her alleged role in an international drug supply and money laundering syndicate looks almost unrecognisable after spending months in jail on remand.

Marjorie Griffiths rose to prominence when she appeared on the latest season of the reality TV show The Bachelor, but she has swapped time in the limelight for time behind bars on remand after being dramatically arrested in October.

Police allege the 27-year-old is a major player in a criminal network which supplied large quantities of drugs and laundered the proceeds through an international syndicate.

She is charged with directly supplying a kilogram of cocaine to an undercover cop in March and supplying a kilogram of MDMA to a buyer in June.

The aspiring actor is also charged with knowingly dealing with hundreds of thousands of dollars which she knew were the proceeds of a crime.

She was snapped by NCA NewsWire leaving Silverwater Correctional Complex, west of Sydney, following her release on bail on Wednesday.

Ms Griffiths had spent two months in custody on remand since specialist police officers raided her Umina Beach home on October 26.

As she left the prison, she was snapped wearing a white top and grey sweatpants and carrying a small plastic bag filled with her belongings.

Her partner helped her with another bag of belongings.

Ms Griffiths was displeased with the cameras, hiding her face as the man comforted her and shielded her from the lens.

He escorted her into a car at the gate, but did not hold back his anger at the media.

Photos show the man appearing to spit at photographers while helping Ms Griffiths to the car.

The scenario marks a huge change for the former reality TV contestant, who was the fourth wannabe bride to be sent home by bachelor Thomas Malucelli, a 35-year-old restaurant manager.

Ms Griffiths lasted 12 weeks on the show’s tenth season.

As part of her extensive and strict bail conditions, she will be required to wear an electronic tracking bracelet, abstain from drugs and alcohol and follow a strict curfew.

She is also not allowed to use any “internet capable” device and can only possess one phone.

Ms Griffiths will also live with her parents on the NSW Central Coast as part of her bail undertaking.

She is formally charged with three counts of knowingly dealing with hundreds of thousands of dollars in proceeds of crime and two counts of supplying a large commercial quantity.

Police also charged her with failing to hand over the PIN code to an electronic device in her possession, after being ordered to do so by officers.

On Wednesday, her lawyer James Lang argued for Ms Griffith’s release on bail during a court appearance at the NSW Supreme Court.

He said there was no evidence his client knew what she was transporting when she allegedly followed directions to collect bags and boxes.

Mr Lang further also claimed there was “no evidence” Ms Griffiths knew who she was meeting with or why on the seven occasions she allegedly supplied drugs or laundered cash.

He said the police case against his client portrayed her as a “courier”.

Crown prosecutor Jade Pearson said the investigation into the criminal syndicate was ongoing and crucial pieces of evidence were yet to be collected.

One such piece was a statement from an undercover agent who allegedly received 1kg of cocaine from Ms Griffiths on March 7.

Ms Pearson said there was also no forensic evidence linking Ms Griffiths to any of the items seized during the raid of her home, including cash and drugs.

“At present, it’s accepted that it’s not the strongest crown case,” she said.

The court was told the ongoing investigation could result in Ms Griffiths spending more time in custody on remand compared to any sentence if she were convicted.

Supreme Court Justice Julia Lonergan agreed, finding there could be an “inevitable” delay of up to 18 months.

“I accept the crown case is not yet strong and had a gap in it in the form of an absence of anything that would persuasively show the applicant knew what she was transporting,” she said.

Ms Griffith’s best friend Molly Rosewarn was also arrested during the raid on the Umina house.

She was charged with possessing a prohibited drug and supplying more than an indictable quantity of a prohibited drug.

Their close relationship has been splashed on social media, with Ms Griffiths sharing numerous photos and videos of her cuddling Ms Rosewarn, whom she called “my baby girl”.

The best friends and former housemates will be prohibited from contacting each other under the conditions of Ms Griffiths’ bail.

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