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Pilot accused of flying pot into airport sentenced

Published On: Dec 02 2012 01:35:03 PM CST

BOULDER, Colo. -

A California pilot accused of flying 55 pounds of marijuana into an airport in Boulder has been given two years of probation and fined $10,000.

The Daily Camera reported District Judge Thomas Mulvahill sentenced 46-year-old Carl Steven Gruber on Friday, saying he didn't believe the man's story that the pot was fresh inventory for a local medical marijuana facility.

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

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 the drug.

As part of a plea deal, he acknowledged a single felony charge of distributing fewer than five pounds of marijuana.

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