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 pleaded guilty Friday to one federal count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.
John M. Hunter, 35, faces up to 40 years in federal prison when he is sentenced April 28, a court official said.
A jury trial in U.S. District Court in Green Bay had been scheduled for Feb. 18.
Hunter was accused of possessing with intent to distribute 500 grams of cocaine and more than 50 kilograms of marijuana between May 2009 and August 2011, prosecutors said.
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 was charged with 50 felonies in Langlade County Circuit Court that accused him of manufacturing and delivering cocaine and marijuana but those charges were dismissed at the request of federal prosecutors.
Court documents said Hunter distributed the drugs in Wausau, Antigo and the Bass Lake area of Langlade County.