FORMER VICE MEDIA EDITOR PLEADS GUILTY TO CONSPIRACY TO IMPORT LARGE LOADS OF COCAINE

A Toronto-based journalist who made headlines in 2017 for his alleged role in an international drug smuggling ring pleaded guilty this week of conspiring to traffic cocaine.

Former Vice Media editor Yaroslav Pastukhov. File

FORMER VICE MEDIA EDITOR PLEADS GUILTY TO CONSPIRACY TO IMPORT LARGE LOADS OF COCAINE
The prosecution seeks a 12-year prison term while the defence is asking for ‘considerably less,’ said Yaroslav Pastukhov’s lawyer

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. READ MORE


FORMER VICE CANADA EDITOR PLEADS GUILTY IN COCAINE CONSPIRACY CASE
A Toronto-based journalist who made headlines in 2017 for his alleged role in an international drug smuggling ring pleaded guilty this week of conspiring to traffic cocaine.

Yaroslav Pastukhov (also known as Slava Pastuk) will serve 12 years in prison if federal prosecutors have their way, though his lawyer is arguing for “considerably less” time based on Pastukhov’s admission of guilt. READ MORE


Yaroslav Pastukhov, also known as Slava Pastuk.National Post/File

SECRET RECORDING OF DRUG SMUGGLING SALES PITCH BY A VICE EDITOR TO FORMER INTERN SINKS HUGE COCAINE PLOT
Yaroslav Pastukhov had asked Robert Wang if he wanted a free trip to Australia to deliver packages — described as ‘things’

When Yaroslav Pastukhov, a Vice Media editor in Toronto at the time, gave a clandestine briefing to two drug mules recruited into his large cocaine smuggling scheme, one of the couriers — a former intern at Vice — was so nervous he secretly recorded it on his phone.

Pastukhov’s own voice offering an upbeat sales pitch has now helped to sink him.

The recording of the meeting, along with details of the arrest and conviction in Australia of five of Pastukhov’s drug couriers, led to his guilty plea Monday and his agreement with a detailed statement of facts outlining his role in the multi-million dollar international drug smuggling operation. READ MORE

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