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'Whitey' Macdonald dies after completing conditional sentence

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A Winnipeg man implicated in a drug smuggling case in the 1970s, the same case the saw former MLA Bob Wilson go to jail, has died.

Family of Ian Jackson "Whitey" Macdonald confirmed Jackson passed away overnight in Winnipeg.

MacDonald's daughter Lisa Alexander said today her father had recently completed his two-years-less-a-day conditional sentence, but was too ill to return to his home in the United States.

Macdonald at one time was one of the city's most colourful characters, having been named in the same RCMP case that snared Wilson and later fleeing a U.S. jail. He spent almost three decades a free man until arrested by U.S. marshalls.

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