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Antigo man pleads not guilty to drug 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 pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal drug charges.

A grand jury indicted John M. Hunter, 35, of one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

A jury trial in U.S. District Court in Green Bay was scheduled for Feb. 18 following a pretrial conference on Feb. 3, said Deputy Clerk of Courts Amanda Wachtendonck.

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, U.S. Attorney James Santelle has 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, Langlade County District Attorney Ralph Uttke said.

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

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

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