A pilot whose plane was found by authorities to be carrying more than 200 pounds of marijuana at a Central Texas airport is facing federal drug charges.
State troopers arrested 64-year-old Wayne Douglas Brunet at the Llano Municipal Airport early Monday after finding about 230 pounds of hydroponic marijuana aboard his aircraft, federal officials said.
Brunet was charged in federal court with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
According to the criminal complaint, federal agents began tracking Brunet’s single-engine plane Sunday night as it flew from Oregon to Texas.
After landing in Texas at the airport in Bulverde, federal officials said the plane took off after spotting authorities on the ground. The plane was headed to an airport in Lago Vista, officials said, but Brunet flew to the Llano airport after seeing law enforcement officers.
Brunet landed in Llano and tried to run away, federal officials said, but he was arrested by Texas Department of Public Safety air unit officers.
Authorities said they found 15 duffel bags filled with vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana and about $6,000 in cash.
Brunet has a detention hearing in federal court set for 2:15 p.m. Thursday in Austin before U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Austin.