Friday, September 13, 2019

Former Vice Media editor Pastukhov pleads guilty to cocaine charges

Yaroslav Pastukhov, 28, a former Vice Canada editor, admitted he conspired to import large quantities of cocaine into Australia. Writing under the name Slava Pastuk, he used his high-profile position as music editor to lure drug mules. Five drug couriers were arrested at Sydney airport in 2015 after nearly 40 kilograms of cocaine was found in their suitcases. Each was sentenced to significant prison time. The Australian court heard the packages were for a Mexican drug cartel.

Pastukhov is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 31. The prosecution is seeking a 12-year prison term.