Austin pilot charged after landing plane carrying 230 lbs. of marijuana in Llano
An Austin pilot was arrested early Monday morning after officials say he flew with 230 pounds of marijuana over Central Texas.
Wayne Douglas Brunet, 64, has been charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana according to the United States Attorney's Office Western District of Texas.
The Department of Homeland Security began tracking the single engine plane after observing it had taken a suspicious flight pattern from Medford, Oregon to Texas, landing only once in in Holbrook, AZ to refuel.
Federal agents tried to arrest Brunet after landing in a unmanned airport in Bulverde, Texas but quickly departed after spotting authorities.
He then flew to the Lago Vista airport but aborted his landing again after encountering law enforcement. Brunet proceeded to the Llano Municipal Airport where he landed at approximately midnight.
After bringing the aircraft to a stop, Brunet attempted to flee on foot, but was quickly apprehended on the tarmac by the Texas Department of Public Safety Air Unit.
Authorities recovered a total of 15 duffel bags filled with vacuum sealed packages of hydroponic marijuana along with $6,000.
Brunet, if convicted, could receive up to a sentence of up to 40 years in federal prison. He remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing scheduled for 2:15 p.m. Thursday.