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Carl Gruber, busted at Boulder airport with 55 pounds of marijuana, is renowned pilot

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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This weekend, Carl Gruber, 45, was busted at Boulder Municipal Airport with 55 pounds worth of marijuana.

But while media reports on the arrest characterize Gruber as a suspected smuggler, he was been best known prior to this point as a pilot -- an award-winning one.

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On Facebook.
Gruber's Facebook page describes him as a "self-employed pilot," and his name pops up regularly online in the context of flying competitions.

Take an AirVenture report about the 2005 National Championship Air Races, held in Reno, Nevada. The Gruber blurb reads: "'Eightball,' Carl Gruber and his black Pitts S-1C #8. With 164,8 mph he came in second last in the Bronze Class."

Here's the accompanying photo of Gruber behind the controls of the craft, which was entered in the biplane class of the competition:

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Photo courtesy of AirVenture
Likewise, a 2005 newsletter describes Gruber as a "local hero and race pilot."

His race came to a stop, at least for now, on Saturday, after he landed a single engine plane at Boulder's airport. There, the Boulder Police Department and the Boulder County Drug Task Force were waiting to assist the Department of Homeland Security, which had been tracking the plane, according to the BPD. He was arrested on suspicion of possession, and possession with the intent to distribute, of between five and one-hundred pounds of marijuana. He was jailed on a $25,000 bond.

Homeland Security isn't the usual agency involved in such interdictions, but a BPD release stresses that "there was never an issue of immediate danger to the community," since "this has been a narcotics investigation from the beginning" -- meaning, presumably, that there's no contemplation of terrorist involvement with Gruber's cache of weed.

But was the pot Gruber's? Or was he simply transporting it for someone else? Those questions remain to be answered. In the meantime, he's due back in court February 23. Until then, he'll be grounded.

Here's a larger look at Gruber's mug shot.

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Carl Gruber.
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More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Operation Sweet Leaf: Jordan Buehrer accused ringleader in 25 grow metro-area megabust."


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9 comments
Accessanything
Accessanything

Yes Thats is what xon men are. They con you. Dogs dont shit where.they eat so to say. Heros dont write up articles about themselves.Check out his record in Washinftonstate. Domestic violence muxh. Drunk munch. He is where he deserves to be.

Jeffery Merrill
Jeffery Merrill

I know Carl and am frankly shocked at this!!! Flying was his life and doing something like this is totally out of character for the Carl I knew. I hate to think I misjudged him so badly. Did I really know him at all even though we were neighbors for a year?

JM
JM

This should be up for some sort of Darwin award. Bringing weed to boulder is akin to taking water to an ocean 

Matt in Boulder
Matt in Boulder

"'Eightball,' Carl Gruber..."  Let's see, a pilot with a nickname like Eightball?   I can't imagine why any narcs would be interested in keeping an eye on him.

Guest
Guest

"there was never an issue of immediate danger to the community"That's an understatement!  It's weed, there's no danger -- period.

Guesto
Guesto

Tracking the plane? Patriot Act much? 

rain
rain

Coals to Newcastle, chile to New Mexico, bongs to Snoop Dogg's...

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Funny post, JM -- one we're going to make an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks for weighing in.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

That went through my mind, too, Matt. Thanks for the post.

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