AUSTIN, Texas — A San Antonio man was sentenced Friday to more than three years in federal prison following his conviction for possession with intent to distribute between 50 to 100 kilograms of marijuana.
This sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Richard Durbin, Western District of Texas. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with the assistance U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Air and Marine (AMOC).
Wayne Douglas Burnet, 64, from San Antonio, was sentenced Sept. 22 by U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks who ordered Burnet to serve 37 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release after he completes his prison sentence. Judge Sparks also ordered Brunet to forfeit his 1969 Piper PA-30 Comanche aircraft, $5,400 in U.S. currency, and about $3,000 worth of prepaid cards seized by law enforcement.
According to court documents, on March 20, 2017, state authorities arrested Brunet at the Llano (Texas) Municipal Airport after discovering 206 pounds of hydroponic marijuana aboard his aircraft. HSI special agents were prepared to interdict Brunet as he attempted to land at an unmanned airport in Bulverde, Texas. CBP AMOC began tracking his single-engine plane after observing that it had a suspicious flight pattern from Medford, Oregon, to Texas and had landed only once in Holbrook, Arizona, to refuel.
Brunet landed at the unmanned airport in Bulverde, but departed again after spotting authorities on the ground. Brunet then proceeded to the Lago Vista, Texas, airport. But again, he aborted