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A voodoo-practicing, drug-smuggling baggage handler will rot in prison, after a Brooklyn federal judge today slammed him with three life sentences – and then some — for endangering the lives of countless airline passengers.

Former American Airlines baggage handler Victor Bourne, 37, was nailed with the three life terms plus an additional 35 years for masterminding an international drug-trafficking ring that smuggled cocaine and other illicit drugs in cargo holds and internal walls of AA jets going in and out of JFK.

US District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis said Bourne’s greed jeopardized the safety of New York air passengers, because drugs were stored in areas that could have impacted flight equipment.