‘Godfather of Grass’ to Remain Detained in Montreal Under Deportation Order

Article by Giuseppe Valiante, CTV News

This undated photo released by the U.S. Marshal's Office shows John Robert Boone, wanted by federal authorities in Kentucky for growing more than 2,400 marijuana plants on his central Kentucky farm

The American fugitive dubbed the “Godfather of Grass” will remain detained pending his deportation after the immigration board ruled Tuesday he still represents a flight risk and danger to the public.

There is “no clear and compelling reason” to depart from a previous decision to keep John Robert Boone detained, said immigration board member Marisa Mousto.

Boone, 73, has been on the run from U.S. authorities since 2008 and was arrested while illegally in Montreal last December.

He spent more than a decade in a U.S. federal prison after being convicted in the late ’80s in what prosecutors called the “largest domestic marijuana syndicate in American history.”

Mousto said “due to the nature of the offence and gravity of the sentence,” she maintained the board’s opinion he was a danger to the public.

“He represents a high flight risk in my opinion,” Mousto continued. “There appears to be an active arrest warrant in the United States, he appears to be facing charges in that country and, therefore, he would have no interest to return there.”

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