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Antigo man faces federal pot, cocaine charge

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GREEN BAY (WAOW) – An Antigo man who a year ago was described by Langlade County authorities as the leader of a drug ring that included some central Wisconsin educators now faces federal drug charges.

A federal grand jury has indicted John M. Hunter, 35, of one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, U.S. Attorney James Santelle said Thursday.

The indictment accuses Hunter of possessing with intent to distribute 500 grams of cocaine and more than 50 kilograms of marijuana between May 2009 and August 2011, Santelle said in a statement Thursday.

Hunter was one of 15 people charged in state court more than a year ago following a drug investigation spanning several counties, authorities said.

Among those charged was former Antigo school principal and coach John Lund.

Hunter is charged with 50 felonies in Langlade County Circuit Court that accuse him of manufacturing and delivering cocaine and marijuana. A plea hearing in the case is set for Tuesday, according to online court records.

Court documents say Hunter distributed the drugs in Wausau, Antigo and the Bass Lake area of Langlade County.

Hunter is to be arraigned in U.S. District Court in Green Bay on the federal charge Dec. 11, Santelle said.

The maximum punishment for the federal charge is 40 years in prison, the prosecutor said.

Hunter's attorney on the state charges, Steven Kohn of Milwaukee, did not immediately return a telephone message Thursday.

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