The U.S. Secret Service and other federal authorities turned over the small-plane pilot who strayed into President Obama’s airspace Thursday morning to the Long Beach Police Department, saying the airspace violations do not appear to be of “protective interest.”*Uh, not it's not. It's still a Federal offense. But if he claims it's for medicinal purposes, even the Feds will look the other way.
“A civilian aircraft entered the restricted airspace in violation of the temporary flight restrictions imposed by the FAA," said Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary. "The aircraft was diverted to Long Beach Airport, and the airspace restriction violations do not appear to be of protective interest.”
Officials with Long Beach police said they responded to the incident around noon and that “a large amount of marijuana” was found on board the plane.
“After federal authorities investigated, they released the man to the custody of the Long Beach Police Department, which will be conducting the drug investigation,” according to a statement from Long Beach police.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
I'm sure he was planning to use this for medicinal purposes - after all that's "legal*" in California: