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Drug smuggler caught after returning to airport to claim his lost suitcase full of ecstasy pills

By Mason White 3:15 AM May 5, 2016
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By: Wayne Morin
A drug smuggler of the United Kingdom, took his chances and went to an airport to claim his lost suitcase full of ecstasy pills.

38-year-old Ian Francis Smith flew from Amsterdam to Spain, but his suitcase containing 35,000 ecstasy pills did not make it on the flight.

Rather than letting the suitcase go and accepting that he might not be able to sell the pills, he foolishly returned to the airport a week later to claim his luggage.

Airport staff found his suitcase and ordered him to open it.

Police were called after the workers saw bags full of ecstasy pills. Police searched his rental car, where they found thousands of dollars earned by selling drugs.

Smith was arrested and charged with drug smuggling. In court, Smith pleaded guilty to the charge. Smith has been sentenced to serve six years in prison and was ordered to pay a fine of $632,000.