Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Drug Trafficker Back in Canadian Prison 23 Years after Fleeing Custody

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Drug Trafficker Back in Canadian Prison 23 Years after Fleeing Custody

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Trafficker back in Canadian jail 23 years later

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MONTREAL - A convicted drug trafficker who vanished while on leave from a Canadian prison more than 23 years ago has been returned by American authorities.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement that removal officers sent fugitive Laveaux Francois, 56, a Haitian national with Canadian citizenship, back to Canada on Dec. 4.

Francois had served four years when he disappeared while on a furlough granted by Correctional Services Canada on May 31, 1995.

He had been convicted in Florida of conspiracy to import cocaine into the U.S. and sentenced to 15 years after being arrested attempting to unload a large quantity of cocaine from a boat docked in Miami in 1990.

He was transferred back to Canada in September 1994. After eight months behind bars he was granted a furlough, and he never returned, fleeing instead to Haiti. …

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