Simon Dutton, 40, originally from Bolton, was arrested in Thessaloniki, Greece, in December 2015.
Using a series of false identities was on the run for six years, before being tracked down in Greece and brought back to the UK.
He was wanted in connection with a conspiracy to import class A drugs into the UK using an unsuspecting courier service. The 10.5kg of cocaine, with a street value of £1.5m, was concealed within four separate shipments of air conditioners from Spain between July and September 2009.
Dutton and his associates also set up a company in Leeds called Cool Technics to enable the shipments to enter the UK.