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Alleged leader of 'cornbread mafia' pleads not guilty in federal court in Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The man police say was the leader of the so-called "cornbread mafia" pleaded not guilty Wednesday to new charges in federal court.

A grand jury in Louisville indicted Johnny Boone, 73, on two marijuana possession and trafficking charges. Boone was on the run for eight years until officers arrested him late last year in a small town outside Montreal.

Authorities sought Boone after they seized more than 2,400 plants from his farm in Washington County, Kentucky.

Boone may be best known from what prosecutors called the "cornbread mafia" in the 1980s, a large marijuana syndicate with 30 farms in nine states.

Boone spent more than a decade in federal prison for his role in that operation.

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