BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – Investigators recently found 55 pounds of marijuana after searching a small plane in Boulder.

The pilot, Carl Gruber,of Bethel Island, Calif., is now in custody. Authorities searched the plane last Saturday at the Boulder Municipal Airport. Details of the case were made public this week by authorities who worked on the case, including the Department of Homeland Security.

“It was a narcotics investigation. There was never a homeland security issue and we just want to reassure people that if it had been an issue where there had been some immediate danger to the public we would have notified them,” Boulder police spokeswoman Kim Kobel said.

This case started when Homeland Security officials called Boulder police.

“They had been tracking a plane, small plane that had been piloted by one person,” Boulder police spokeswoman Kim Kobel said.

When Gruber landed, members of the Boulder police and Boulder County Drug Task Force were there to meet him.

Many witnesses said they were concerned to see police cars and drug sniffing dogs at the airport during the police raid.

“We found 55 pounds of marijuana on that plane, and the pilot was arrested,” Kobel said.

Gruber faces charges of possession of drugs and possession with intent to distribute that drug.

Comments (3)
  1. lee says:

    Corrupt California DEA where stealing drugs from evidence vaults and reselling them to cover extensive credit card debt.
    They also are creating suspects by planting evidence just so that they can steal from them.
    Given the choice of suspension or dealing with their debt most DEA are thinking outside the box.

  2. Mike K. says:

    That is wild, DEA doin dirt. Doesnt supprise me but if the damn ppl who are fighting the “war on drugs” are sellin drugs, dont ya think the war is lost? Just doesnt make since we spend millions a year on this so called war, when that money could be used for better n much more important things! Like making shure we dnt get attacked again or getting our homless off the streets maybe? Take a tip from some of the European countrys that dont have a horrible drug problem and the demon drug “pot” is decrimnalized and one country has, i think but not shure, all drugs prty much decrimanlized n hard drug use is less than america! Sry i just think we wast way too much money on our “war on drugs”. Peace n Love, Mike

  3. Danny says:

    So medicinal is cool, but pilot should be arrested? Thats fair i guess as he doesnt have the paperwork for that quantity, But in the same regaurd of fairness, I want to see a video of 55 lbs weighed and destroyed. This should not make the leap from contraband to medicinal for the state to profit off both the offense and the confinscation. ONE OR THE OTHER.

    Seriously, leave Cannabis alone. Methylone and MDPV are more deserving of legal attention.

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