Jeffrey Neufeld made his initial appearance in Langlade County court on Tuesday. He pleaded not guilty to one misdemeanor charge -- for possession of THC, which is the main ingredient in marijuana.
Neufeld's charge is the latest addition to an ongoing drug investigation that spans multiple counties in the northwoods. The Langlade County district attorney said he knows the defendant. Because of that, an assistant attorney general will act as a special prosecutor in the case. Newsline 9 tried to get in touch with Neufeld's attorney, but he was not available for comment.
According to court documents, 13 people have been charged in this investigation, which started last year. Of the group, four face felony drug charges. That includes former Antigo elementary principal and high school football coach, John Lund. Lund is scheduled to make his next court appearance on Monday. Lund's brother-in-law Bradley Maahs also faces felony charges. Maahs has been charged in both Langlade and Shawano counties in connection with this case.
So far, eight of the men who have been charged in this investigation have some connection with a school district. Five have connections to the Antigo School District and three are from Merrill. The men had varying duties, from principal and coaches to substitute teachers and other at-will employees. In recent months, a legal counsel for the Antigo School District said it has conducted its own investigation -- independent of local authorities.
As for the rest of the investigation, the Langlade County Sheriff said it's still ongoing. He has told Newsline 9 he expects more charges to come, with the potential for different drug charges -- apart from the ones that involve marijuana. That could also include more arrests.
One of the men facing felony drug charges was also in court this week. That was Steven Roehrig. Newsline 9 tried to contact his attorney as well, but he was not available for comment. Since this investigation is still ongoing, we will continue to bring you new information as it becomes available.