Johnny Boone, known as the “Godfather of Grass
By BRETT BARROUQUERE, AP and Chicago Tribune
LOUISVILLE, Ky.— As state and federal investigators came through the front door of a barn in Minnesota during a bust of the “Cornbread Mafia” in October 1987, Les Berry Jr. went out the back with six others and nearly escaped — captured the next day in Wisconsin. Now after a conviction and prison time, his slate has been wiped clean by a presidential pardon this month.
The Loretto, Ky., man pleaded guilty in 1988 to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana and serve three years in federal prison for playing a bit part in what federal prosecutors described as one of the largest domestic marijuana syndicates in the country