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America's Most Wanted assisting police in Central KY case

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SPRINGFIELD, KY (WAVE) - He is a man that some say resembles Santa Claus, but U.S. Marshals say fugitive Johnny Boone is a dangerous man. Police have described him as a brazen modern day Robin Hood. Now America's Most Wanted has joined the search for the man dubbed the "King of Pot."

DEA officials and U.S. Marshals have been looking for Boone for months after they found thousands of plants on his property in Springfield, Kentucky.

"We have various rumors about his whereabouts but his whereabouts are actually not known for sure," Kentucky State Police Director Lt. Col. Mike Sapp.

After months of investigating, America's Most Wanted is bringing national attention to this local case. Marion County was one of their stops.

"This is a very tight knit area and people are very loyal to one another," America's Most Wanted Producer Keith Greenberg said."Unfortunately, for law enforcement when their loyalty extends to someone who is facing a life term, that is a hindrance."

Police say Boone is known to some as the "Godfather of Grass" and by others as "The King of Pot." His record stretches back to the 60s, including involvement in a marijuana group known as the Cornbread Mafia.

Over the years, Boone has managed to develop one the most dangerous and potent forms of the drug in the country. Police say he has used some of the money from selling pot to give back to neighbors in need and in some cases earn their trust or support.

"They claim that he has helped the elderly," Greenberg said. "They claim that he's helped the sick."

"He crossbred some marijuana plants to come up with the best seeds to grow in this area of the United States that would produce the highest levels of THC," said Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Richard Knighten. "That's why his marijuana is so popular."

On May 25, 2008, executed a search warrant at Boone's farm and found a stash of more than 2,400 marijuana plants kept on grounds literally covered with skulls and bones from cows lining fences and covering cars and garages on the property. Police say they believe it's all part of a scare tactic.

Now with Boone nowhere to be found, police are hoping the national spotlight will help generate new leads.

Boone has already served 13 years in prison for previous drug crimes. Police believe he is traveling alone and could be armed.

The U.S. Marshall's office is offering a $10,000 reward for tips leading to an arrest.

Any one with information is asked to call U.S. Marshals at 502-588-8000.

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