Coca-Cola model in strife for real thing
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.