34 year old John Hunter
(WRN) - A man accused of supplying illegal drugs sold to teachers in Antigo and Merrill is free on a five-thousand-dollar cash bond. 34-year-old John Hunter of Antigo made his first appearance in Langlade County Circuit Court yesterday. He’s charged with 26 counts of manufacturing-and-selling cocaine, and 24 counts of delivering marijuana. All 50 charges are felonies, and Hunter is due back in court October 22nd when the status of his case will be reviewed.
Authorities said Hunter ran an operation which sold drugs in Wausau and Bass Lake as well as Antigo – where he allegedly supplied marijuana to former assistant football coach Scot Peterson. Peterson then sold it to fellow school teachers and friends, and he was sentenced to six months in jail earlier this year.
Hunter’s lawyer told a judge that his client has cooperated with officers – and that should be taken into consideration. Fifteen people have now been charged in the Antigo-and-Merrill school drug ring, which authorities uncovered last fall. Most were teachers accused of using pot.
Prosecutors said former Antigo elementary principal and high school football coach John Lund helped coordinate the school part of the operation. It cost Lund his job earlier this year. The 47-year-old Lund is scheduled to go on trial January 15th on seven felony counts of manufacturing and possessing pot with the intent to deliver, and maintaining a place for drug trafficking.
Langlade County Sheriff Bill Greening says officers have completed their probe into the marijuana ring. They’re now looking to see where and how cocaine was sold. The sheriff said Hunter’s arrest was the initial step in that process, and more arrests are expected.