Authorities say a man known as the “Godfather of Grass” has been arrested in Montreal after eight years on the run.
The U.S. Marshals Service says authorities sought John Robert (Johnny) Boone after they seized 2,400 marijuana plants on his Kentucky farm. Montreal police confirmed the arrest, saying information led them to begin an investigation in September and he was arrested Thursday afternoon in a shopping centre at Ste-Catherine St. and Atwater Ave.
Boone, 73, spent more than a decade in federal prison after being convicted in the 1980s in what prosecutors called the “largest domestic marijuana syndicate in American history.” They said he had 29 farms in Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas and Wisconsin. The group became known as the “Cornbread Mafia,” and prosecutors said Boone was the leader.
Boone is awaiting extradition to the U.S.