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‘Godfather of Grass’ extradition hearing in Montreal deferred

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 Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada says Boone will remain in detention in Montreal as he awaits extradition to the U.S. Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.
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 Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada says Boone will remain in detention in Montreal as he awaits extradition to the U.S. Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, U.S. Marshal's Office

American fugitive John Robert Boone, known as the “Godfather of Grass,” will remain detained in Montreal until his next scheduled extradition hearing in January, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada ruled Thursday.

Boone, 73, participated in Thursday’s extradition hearing by video conference and his lawyer asked and was granted a deferral until Jan. 13.

He was arrested last week in Montreal after eight years on the run, several months after police opened an investigation at the request of U.S. authorities.

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American officials had been seeking Boone since they seized 2,400 marijuana plants on his Kentucky farm in 2008.

Boone spent more than a decade in prison after being convicted in the 1980s in what prosecutors said was the “largest domestic marijuana syndicate in American history.”

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American authorities say Boone, who is not facing charges in Canada, is known as “the Godfather of Grass.”

Refugee board spokesman Christian Tessier said Boone will remain in custody until his January hearing as he is considered a flight risk.

Montreal police were contacted by American authorities who said they had reason to believe Boone was in the country.

He allegedly crossed the border illegally and U.S. police said they don’t know how long he has been in Canada.