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An area man made an initial appearance in Langlade County Circuit Court Monday, where he was allowed to remain free on a $10,000 signature bond on a lone felony charge of manufacture/delivery of THC in excess of 10,000 grams.

Landon J. Now, 35, Birnamwood, is charged with the Class E felony, which carries with it a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Langlade County District Attorney Elizabeth Gebert, Now is alleged to have been the pilot for Pao Vang of Wausau, who was found in possession of 119 vacuum-sealed bags of high-grade marijuana, weighing a total of 133.2 pounds, following his return to the Langlade County Airport after a trip to California.

Vang put his car in the ditch at approximately 10 p.m. the evening of May 21 and was described to be in a very disoriented state.

His vehicle was towed to a nearby service station where officers observed the back seat full of duffel bags, including one with a plastic bag sticking out that appeared to contain marijuana. A search warrant was obtained and it was then the large drug cache was found.

Upon investigation, Vang told authorities he was coming back from vacation in a private airplane with an individual later identified as Now, who had allegedly helped him load all his belongings into his vehicle and then left for home.

A search of Vang’s phone showed videos and pictures of the flight, which included photos of both him and Now.

Now reportedly told authorities Vang wanted to visit family in California and he agreed to fly him as he needed to log hours so he could obtain a commercial pilots’ license.

He claimed no knowledge of the marijuana. That fact was disputed by authorities who consulted with Wisconsin State Patrol pilot and Sgt. John Jones, who has worked and trained others in drug interdictions throughout the county for the past 15 years.

Jones reviewed the flight information and told authorities he made numerous professional observations that made him believe Now was aware he was transporting marijuana from Oroville, Calif. to Antigo.

Now may not have contact with Vang as the case is pending. The airplane in the matter has been seized by the state, with Now and his attorney Keith Ellison, actively fighting its seizure.

Now will return to court for a status conference on Jan. 22
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Alleged pilot in large May drug bust in court
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An area man made an initial appearance in Langlade County Circuit Court Monday, where he was allowed to remain free on a $10,000 signature bond on a lone felony charge of manufacture/delivery of THC in excess of 10,000 grams.

Landon J. Now, 35, Birnamwood, is charged with the Class E felony, which carries with it a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Langlade County District Attorney Elizabeth Gebert, Now is alleged to have been the pilot for Pao Vang of Wausau, who was found in possession of 119 vacuum-sealed bags of high-grade marijuana, weighing a total of 133.2 pounds, following his return to the Langlade County Airport after a trip to California.

Vang put his car in the ditch at approximately 10 p.m. the evening of May 21 and was described to be in a very disoriented state.

His vehicle was towed to a nearby service station where officers observed the back seat full of duffel bags, including one with a plastic bag sticking out that appeared to contain marijuana. A search warrant was obtained and it was then the large drug cache was found.

Upon investigation, Vang told authorities he was coming back from vacation in a private airplane with an individual later identified as Now, who had allegedly helped him load all his belongings into his vehicle and then left for home.

A search of Vang’s phone showed videos and pictures of the flight, which included photos of both him and Now.

Now reportedly told authorities Vang wanted to visit family in California and he agreed to fly him as he needed to log hours so he could obtain a commercial pilots’ license.

He claimed no knowledge of the marijuana. That fact was disputed by authorities who consulted with Wisconsin State Patrol pilot and Sgt. John Jones, who has worked and trained others in drug interdictions throughout the county for the past 15 years.

Jones reviewed the flight information and told authorities he made numerous professional observations that made him believe Now was aware he was transporting marijuana from Oroville, Calif. to Antigo.

Now may not have contact with Vang as the case is pending. The airplane in the matter has been seized by the state, with Now and his attorney Keith Ellison, actively fighting its seizure.

Now will return to court for a status conference on Jan. 22
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