Colombia hands over Canadian drug smuggler

A Quebec fugitive convicted of trying to smuggle more than $1-billion worth of cocaine into Canada is back behind bars after being extradited from Colombia.

Jean Raymond Boulanger, 54, was returned to a prison near Montreal Saturday.

Police won't confirm why he was handed over to Canadian authorities, but it's believed he was in the middle of a feud with leftist guerrillas over their share of drug trafficking profits.

Boulanger was caught in 1992 trying to fly 4,000 kilograms of cocaine into Canada. After being chased by military aircraft, he landed his twin-engine plane in Casey, Que., a village about 250 kilometres northeast of Montreal.

It was one of the biggest drug busts in Canadian history.

Boulanger was convicted and sentenced to 23 years in prison. But he escaped from a Montreal halfway house in 1998 after being granted early day parole.