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Busted for pot, Teletubbies pill

Tim Mutrie

A Chicago man was arrested Monday after he allegedly lit a marijuana cigarette in the bathroom of a United Airlines plane that was preparing to depart Aspen’s Sardy Field.

And he allegedly asked a police officer later if he could find a way to “lose” the evidence, according to an arrest report by Deputy George Kremer.

Gerald R. Faber, 33, apparently set off the bathroom’s smoke detector Monday evening. Airport officials contacted local authorities, the report states.

When Kremer contacted Faber at the airport he “noticed he was unsteady on his feet, his clothing was mussed and unkempt. His hair was uncombed and he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person. … The sweatshirt had what Faber described as ketchup and Pepsi on it. Faber also smelled as though he had not bathed or washed in some time.”

After being escorted into the airport administrator’s office by deputies Kremer, Scott Thompson and Brian Benton, Faber allegedly denied having smoked marijuana on the plane, and said he’d had “about five beers.”

Faber then consented to a search of his person and belongings, the report states. The search turned up “a small, hand-rolled cigarette that smelled strongly of marijuana” and a bottle containing 24 pills, according to the report. The deputies then placed Faber under arrest for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.

Of the pills, 22 were of the same size and blue; one was white and marked “SEMED;” and another white pill had an impression of a “Teletubbie” on one side, the report said. Teletubbies are fictional characters on a television program.

Faber allegedly told the deputies that the blue pills were generic Valium. And when asked what the Teletubbie pill was, “Faber got defensive and evasive. He did say he had been partying all week and a lot of people may have given him things,” the report said.

While en route to the Pitkin County Jail for booking, “Faber asked me if there was any way that the items I had bagged as evidence could `get lost.’ I told him that he was talking about a very serious matter and that the evidence could not `get lost,’ as he put it,” Kremer’s report said.

Faber was served with a summons to appear in county court on the possession of marijuana charge in May, so as to allow investigators time to check into the possible illegality of the pills, the report said.


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