Coca-Cola model in strife for real thing

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - The Everest - SARAH CRAW­FORD

A NEW York model rak­ing in $20,000 a month has been jailed for try­ing to smug­gle 4.7kg of co­caine into Aus­tralia through Syd­ney air­port.

Nathaniel Carty, 23, who has mod­elled for Nike, Adi­das and Coca-Cola, was sen­tenced in the NSW Down­ing Dis­trict Court yes­ter­day to three years and four months for the at­tempt to bring in the drugs con­cealed in two suit­cases.

DJ Jor­dan Gard­ner, 25, mu­sic pro­moter Robert Wang, 25, and mar­ket­ing pro­fes­sional Kutiba Senusi, 24, were also sen­tenced to terms of up to four years and four months’ non-pa­role for im­port­ing a com­mer­cial quan­tity of drugs on De­cem­ber 22, 2015.

The four men were re­cruit- edted by for­mer Cana­dian Vice mag­a­zine ed­i­tor Slava Pas­tuk to smug­gle al­most 20kg of co­caine worth nearly $16 mil­lion.

Judge Dina Ye­hia out­lined how the men were each of­fered hol­i­days to Aus­tralia, spend­ing money and up to $10,000 on their re­turn if they car­ried the suit­cases. But when they tried to back out they were threat­ened by what they be­lieved was a Mex­i­can drug syn­di­cate. Senusi said he heard two sus­pected syn­di­cate mem­bers say a pre­vi­ous courier had been tor­tured with “ra­zor blades un­der his fin­ger­nails”.

“The of­fend­ers were ex­ploited by peo­ple who were ruth­less, per­sis­tent and ma­nip­u­la­tive in re­cruit­ing them,” Judge Ye­hia said. She said Carty was not sus­pi­cious be­cause “a lot of peo­ple had bought him flights in the past to at­tend par­ties”.

Cana­dian po­lice are con­tin­u­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Pas­tuk (left) and Carty.

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