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American model and Canadian EDM DJ sentenced in cocaine smuggling case

October 14, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
American model and Canadian EDM DJ sentenced in cocaine smuggling case

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Nathaniel Carty, 21, seemed to have the world at his feet two years ago as a New York-based model who has done campaigns for major brands such as Puma and Adidas.

However, when he spoke to a Canadian employee of Vice Magazine at a bar, it set in motion a string of events that cause him become a drug courier, now behind bars in Australian.

Carty, who a judge discovered was “completely out of his depth,” was among four American men sentenced for importing over $22 million worth of cocaine into Australia.

The drugs were hidden in suitcases on a flight from Los Angeles and were discovered at Sydney Airport, The Daily Mail reported.

Pastukhov former roommate, Toronto electronic music artist Jordan Gardner (left) along with a New York-based model Nate Carty (right) and three other Canadians were arrested on December 22, 2015, after police found drugs in the lining of their suitcases

Nathaniel Carty¬†had noted to Vice employee Slava Pastuk that he always wanted to travel to Australia and was told, “I can make that happen.”

People had covered his flights before, so he had no reason to be suspicious.

That shifted when he was informed that he would have to stop in Las Vegas to pick something up first.

Another individual organized the trip and Carty told authorities that when he tried to change his mind, he was threatened.
“I am of the view that he [Carty] was the most naive of the offenders,” Judge Dina Yehia stated.

He was sentenced to a minimum of three years and four months behind bars.

Gardner, Carty, and three other Canadians were arrested on December 22, 2015, after police found drugs in the lining of their suitcases (pictured)

With time already served, he will be eligible for parole in 2019.

Canadian DJ Jordan Gardner, who had $3.6 million worth of the drug in his suitcase, was hit with a minimum four years and four months in jail.

Kutiba Senusi, 24, was given the same sentence, while 25-year-old Robert Wang will spend at least four years behind bars.

The judge believed Gardner was fearful when a member of a Mexican drug cartel approached him with a gun after meeting him in Las Vegas, where the drugs were picked up.

She described all four men as having a menial role, who were “exploited by people who were ruthless and manipulative.”

A fourth Canadian, Porscha Wade, is scheduled to be sentenced later this year.

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