Charges have now been filed against an Antigo man named in a criminal complaint to be the supplier of marijuana to a former Antigo teacher and coach.
John Hunter, 34, faces 26 charges of manufacturing cocaine and 24 charges of manufacturing THC. Bond has been set at $5,000 cash. In a Langlade Co. courtroom Tuesday, Judge Fred Kawalski said the defendant has cooperated with law enforcement but because of the seriousness of the charges, a cash amount was necessary.
A warrant was issued on August 31. Hunter is now in custody. Online court records list the offense dates as occurring in 2009 to 2011.
"I don't want to categorize his role or involvement in all of this," said Langlade Co. Sheriff Bill Greening. "But obviously the number of charges issued in the number of complaints, we believe he had a substantial involvement in this investigation."
In August 2011, detectives began a statewide investigation in to drugs coming into Langlade County. According to the criminal complaint, detectives learned Hunter was selling drugs in Wausau, Antigo and the Bass Lake area. It was also learned Hunter was a supplier to Scot Peterson. Peterson is a retired Antigo School District teacher and former High School football coach. Numerous people have admitted to buying marijuana from Peterson.
Mike Peterson, who is no relation to Scot, told detectives Hunter would split large quantities of marijuana at Scot's house. The criminal complaint states Mike Peterson saw Hunter deliver marijuana to a house in Wausau and said Scot Peterson pick up marijuana at Hunter's house in Milwaukee on occasion.
Scot Peterson told detectives he had purchased about 15 lbs. of marijuana from Hunter over the last five years. Scot Peterson said Hunter would drop off marijuana on a Friday and return on a Sunday to collect the money. Scot Peterson said he had been selling to his friends for the last several years. In June, he reached a plea deal with prosecutors and was sentenced to six month in jail and four years probation.
Scot Peterson has admitted to selling to Antigo and Merrill District employees including:
Joe Adams- A former Antigo High School special education teacher. He resigned from the Antigo School District on March 7. Online court records show he's scheduled to reach a plea deal September 18 on a charge of possession of THC.
Tony Crabb- A former substitute teacher with the Merrill School District. He has been relieved from teaching future classes with the school. He's scheduled for a plea deal on September 5. He's charged with one count possession of THC.
Mark Incha- A former Antigo High School special education teacher. He resigned from the Antigo School District on March 7. Online court records show he's scheduled to reach a plea deal September 26 on a charge of possession of THC.
John Lund- A former Antigo elementary school principal and high school football coach. He submitted his resignation during a special school board meeting on February 2. He's charged with seven drug charges including three counts of manufacturing THC, possess with intent, and maintaining a drug trafficking place. A jury trial is scheduled to begin in January.
Pete Miller- A former athletic director and scorekeeper for the Merrill School District. He is no longer working for the district due to his alleged involvement. However, Miller is still a referee for the WIAA and may have contact with the school in that way. He has agreed to a deferred agreement and will return to court next July for a review hearing on a charge of possession of THC.
Jeff Neufeld- He's the Aquatic Center Director for the Antigo School District. He had been suspended but was reinstated on August 20. Neufeld has entered into a deferred judgment and will return to court in February for review hearing.
Jay Peterson- He's a former Merrill teacher and coach and Scot Peterson's brother. He was fired from the Merrill School District in June. He has reached a deferred judgment agreement on a charge of possession of THC. He'll return to court next July.
Sheriff Greening says he anticipates there will be other charges against other individuals as law enforcement complete the investigation.
"It's been somewhat frustrating on our part that it's taken as long as it has to complete this, and we're still not to the point yet where we've completed this investigation," Greening said. "So yeah, it will be a relief for both us and the community once this is all completed and everyone who is going to be charged is charged."
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