Prosecutors charged that the former model and the drug syndicate she worked with hid packages of the white powder on several United Airlines and Qantas passenger planes that flew from the California to Sydney, Australia.
The judge ruled that her involvement was “substantially lower” than others who were also involved in the ring. Her defense attorney, Phillip Boulten, asked the judge to show his client some leniency because of her hard upbringing.
“She’s had it tough — she had a pretty mixed-up childhood,” Boulten told the court. “She was using drugs as a teen, her father was using drugs. … She replicated, in some sense, the lifestyle of her parents.”
Since getting busted, Brandt has reformed her life and gotten a job.