Plane smuggling pot intercepted by F-16s after straying into Obama’s airspace

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A light plane carrying 40 pounds of marijuana strayed into the same airspace as Marine One yesterday as the helicopter was ferrying President Barack Obama, prompting an interception by two F-16 fighters.

The jet fighters escorted the Cessna to Long Beach Airport, where law enforcement officials found it crammed full of illegal drugs, according to the Associated Press.

"Two F-16 fighters scrambled out of March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, California, to respond to a temporary flight restriction violation by a Cessna 182 aircraft over Los Angeles," the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said in a statement Thursday.

NORAD declined to disclose how close the plane came to Marine One, however the Secret Service reportedly said that the president was never in any danger.

Fox News reported that the president was returning to LAX after attending a fundraiser featuring the Foo Fighters.

The BBC quoted Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) spokeswoman Brie Sachse as saying that the FAA notified pilots of an 8-mile-wide zone above Los Angeles that was off limits to all air traffic on Thursday.

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