A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge has ordered a Canadian man turned over to American authorities after the accused waived his right to extradition.
Kevin J. Walsh was arrested in Cape Breton in May by RCMP and is being held at the Cape Breton Correctional Centre pending his formal turn over to U.S. officials.
He was charged several years ago with attempting to import marijuana into New York state. Walsh fled the jurisdiction and has been on the lam ever since.
There was no information available Thursday as to how police finally caught up with him.
Justice Patrick Murray granted the order committing Walsh to be extradited after hearing from federal Crown James Martin and Port Hawkesbury defense lawyer Kevin Patriquin.
Walsh had originally intended to fight the extradition request but in court Thursday he changed his mind and gave consent.
Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson now has 90 days in which to sign off on the order and then Walsh will be turned over to the Americans for prosecution on the drug charge.
This article was published by the Cape Breton Post on June 17, 2011.
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