AUSTIN - Months after an Austin-area pilot plead guilty to transporting over 200 pounds of marijuana on his aircraft, he has been sentenced to 37 months in federal prison.
According to the Department of Justice, 65-year-old pilot Wayne Douglas Brunet was arrested in March when he landed his plane in Llano with more than 200 pounds of hydroponic marijuana. A federal judge sentenced him Friday to 37 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute between 50 and 100 kilograms of marijuana. He has also been ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and be placed on a supervised release for a period of three years after his prison term.
Homeland Security Investigators were initially tipped off to suspicious activity by Brunet as he attempted to land his aircraft at an unmanned airport in Bulverde, Texas. Soon after, authorities began tracking Brunet's plane. According to an arrest affidavit, they noticed in his flight from Medford, Oregon to Texas he had only stopped once to refuel in Arizona.
When Brunet landed for the second time at the unmanned Bulverde airport, he didn't stay for long. The affidavit states that he departed again after noticing authorities waiting for him on the ground.
Officials said Brunet flew to the Llano Municipal airport where he landed.
Brunet then attempted to flee the area but was quickly caught by DPS. He has remained in federal custody since his arrest.
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