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CanadaFormer Vice Media editor pleads guilty to conspiracy to import large loads of cocaine

16:28  10 september  2019
16:28  10 september  2019 Source:   nationalpost.com

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A former Vice Canada editor and writer admitted Monday he conspired to import large quantities of cocaine into Australia. Yaroslav Pastukhov, 28, who wrote under the name Slava Pastuk in his high-profile position as music editor with Vice Media ’s Toronto operations

The RCMP have charged a former Vice Canada editor and music journalist with conspiring to import large loads of A sales agent for the media company’s Toronto operations was also charged. Each of the five pleaded guilty in Australia to importing commercial quantities of cocaine and are serving

Former Vice Media editor pleads guilty to conspiracy to import large loads of cocaine© National Post/File Yaroslav Pastukhov, also known as Slava Pastuk.

A former Vice Canada editor and writer admitted Monday he conspired to import large quantities of cocaine into Australia.

Yaroslav Pastukhov, 28, who wrote under the name Slava Pastuk in his high-profile position as music editor with Vice Media’s Toronto operations, pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge Monday afternoon.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 31.

The prosecution seeks a 12-year prison term while the defence is asking for “considerably less,” said Pastukhov’s lawyer, Dan Kirby.

“This is a serious offense and he stepped up to the plate and admitted his involvement. Court will hear later about the wheres and the whys,” Kirby said.

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Faiyaz Alibhai, prosecutor with the Anti-Organized Crime Team of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, declined to discuss details of the case because a co-accused is still before the court.

Soon after his plea, Pastukhov — who remains free on bail — took to Twitter to talk about “all that cocaine,” and to complain about National Post stories that first revealed his role working to recruit drug mules in Canada to smuggle cocaine from Las Vegas to Australia, many of them artists and journalists connected to Vice.

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.

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Prior to Pastukhov’s arrest, the Post also detailed allegations from six additional people in Canada who said Pastukhov unsuccessfully tried to recruit them as couriers. He has not been charged in relation to those claims.

With his bio on Twitter now reading “worked at vice then went to jail,” he declared: “I’m not some cartel power broker.”

In a series of tweets he said: “When it’s all said and done, 7 people are going to do/have done time for this. *One* of those was a Big Fibber, and the tabloids chose to run his tall tales as facts, presumably because those lies made for good anti-Vice fodder.”

“There was no intern funnel program to initiate people into vice. The truth is a little more nuanced and a lot more interesting,” he wrote.

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< A former music editor for Vice Media has been arrested and charged with conspiracy to import cocaine into Australia. An RCMP statement says Yaroslav Pastukhov was one of two Canadians arrested on Jan. 31 after an investigation aided by Australian Federal Police.

has pleaded guilty to conspiring to import the second largest cocaine seizure in Australian history. The four remaining charges against him, which included importing and attempting to import a Loading . Stephen John Hundy was appointed as liquidator in August last year, following Mr

“Nobody involved in this was coerced, threatened, or lied to (by me)” he said, adding: “They may have pointed fingers to get less jail time, but everyone knew the purpose of those trips from the jump.

“There are no victims here.”

He accused the National Post of trying to “assassinate my character” in its reporting in a bid to smack down Vice Media, calling the investigative stories “tabloid pieces.”

His co-accused, Ali Taki Lalji, 30, is still before the courts. Monday he changed his legal counsel.

Pastukhov had long signaled his plan to plead guilty on social media.

In May, he tweeted “getting into it with a cartel and not deleting your Twitter is admirable, gotta say,” and then, a week later, he shared a link to a story about Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s father saying she will go to jail and get a PhD, and added: “same, actually.”

When Pastukhov’s lawyer was asked if he was aware of his client’s social media statements, Kirby said: “I don’t follow him on Twitter.”

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