Bad Trips - Dundurn

Bad Trips

How I Went from VICE Reporter to International Drug Smuggler

Available Apr 5th 2022

$ 22.99


The memoir of a music editor at VICE who tried to become the coolest reporter the magazine had ever had — by becoming an international drug smuggler.

In 2019, Canadian music reporter Slava P., an editor for VICE media, was sentenced to eight years in prison for recruiting friends into a scheme to smuggle cocaine from the U.S. into Australia. Five of them were already in jail.

Immediately, Slava P. was internationally infamous. Was he a victim of pressure to commit extreme acts for the sake of a good story? A product of a drug-obsessed work environment? Or a manipulator, who pushed vulnerable young people into crime?

Here, Slava P. tells his side of the story: what exactly happened and how the precarious, dog-eat-dog atmosphere of a media company can lead the young, the naïve, and the ambitious into taking crazy risks.

Bad Trips is a story of drugs, hip-hop, influencers, and glamour, set against the backdrop of one of the world’s most influential news and entertainment sites, VICE. Its cast of beautiful young people and semi-famous rappers passes from the seediest apartments to the most elegant of private clubs. Slava’s chronicling of his years at this famous hotbed of excess is a piercing insight intocontemporary media culture.


Slava Pastuk

Slava Pastuk is currently in prison for a well-publicized drug smuggling conviction. Before that, he was a culture writer whose work has been featured in VICE, COMPLEX, Collegehumor, and various other publications. His experience has given Slava a unique — and at times, staggering — look at both the media and drug industries.

Brian Whitney

Brian Whitney is the co-author of several true-crime books including Raw Deal: The Untold Story of the NYPD’s “Cannibal Cop,” Subversives: Interviews with Radicals, and You Have a Very Soft Voice.

Book Details

April 2022
5.5x8.5 in
208 pp