Pilot fined $10,000, sentenced for flying pot into Boulder airport

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Carl Steven Gruber (Boulder County Sheriff's Office)

Carl Steven Gruber (Boulder County Sheriff's Office)

BOULDER, Colo. – A California pilot was given two years probation and a $10,000 fine after he was accused of flying 55 pounds of marijuana into Boulder Municipal Airport.

The Daily Camera reported that Carl Steven Gruber claimed the marijuana he flew into Boulder earlier this year was fresh inventory for a local medical marijuana facility.

District Judge Thomas Mulvahill sentenced the 46-year-old Friday after he said he didn’t believe Gruber’s story, according to the paper.

“I think you were dealing,” Mulvahill told the defendant. “I’m not convinced this was a benevolent transfer of medical marijuana to Colorado. I hear that explanation and my eyebrows go way up.”

Boulder police said they received a request from the Department of Homeland Security to assist with a suspicious plane that landed at the Boulder airport in late January.

Gruber admitted what he did was a “big mistake,” according to the paper. He told authorities that he lost his house in California and is now living in a trailer.

Gruber was charged with possession of between five and 100 pounds of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of more than 12 ounces of marijuana. He pleaded guilty to a single felony charge of distributing less than five pounds of the drug, according to the Camera.