Cops Nab Fugitive After 30 Years on Run

Canadian dope smuggler had been living in Pennsylvania for decades
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2011 9:30 AM CST
Ian Jackson MacDonald was captured in Florida after 30 years living on the lam.   (Photo provided)

(Newser) – Thirty years after faking a heart attack to escape prison, a 71-year-old alleged dope smuggler has landed back in custody, reports CNN. Ian Jackson MacDonald escaped from a Miami-Dade prison hospital in 1980, after convincing a guard to unshackle his legs so he could take a shower. MacDonald had been awaiting extradition to Canada, where he was charged with trying to smuggle 500 pounds of marijuana.

Following his escape, MacDonald changed his name and moved to Pennsylvania, and he and his wife ran a used appliance store nearby. In 2009 he moved back to Florida, where authorities found him. "I have been looking over my shoulder all these years. I wondered when this day would come," MacDonald told investigators. Click for more on MacDonald.

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