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Canadian man gets 19 years for Ecstasy smuggling

A 54-year-old Canadian man was sentenced to nearly two decades in federal prison last week for trying to smugly 50,000 Ecstasy pills into the United States.

According to news release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Plattsburgh, Mitchell Mark David of Cornwall will spend 19 years in prison and serve 10 years of post-release supervision.

Prosecutors say David admitted to four charges following his arrest at the Massena Point of Entry in July 2009. At the time of his arrest, agents found 50,000 Ecstasy pills hidden inside the spare tire of his minivan.

A U.S. District Court Judge said David was involved in an intricate drug-trafficking scheme that saw him bring Ecstasy into the U.S. in exchange for cocaine and money.

David smuggled the drugs through the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation.

Prosecutors say he pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, conspiracy to import a controlled substance, and importing a controlled substance.

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