Friday, February 17, 2012
Man Tries To Turn President Obama On - Gets Turned Down and Arrested
An unlucky drug smuggler in a plane filled with marijuana was intercepted by F-16s and later arrested after he wandered into President Obama's airspace on Thursday. The president was in Southern California on a fundraising tour when he traveled from Orange County to Los Angeles on-board the presidential helicopter, Marine One. A single-engine Cessna entered the eight-mile restricted airspace buffer around Marine One and did not respond when contacted by air traffic controllers. This caused the Air Force to scramble military jets. The Cessna landed at Long Beach Airport. When federal agents approached the plane intending to question the pilot, it was discovered that the plane was carrying about 40 pounds of marijuana, presumably being smuggled from south of the border. The pilot was arrested and turned over to local law enforcement, who refused to comment on the investigation. The Secret Service would not say how close the plane got to the president, but did say he was never in any danger of getting some high quality weed fresh from Mejico. There is no evidence Obama has ever smoked marijuana, although his predecessor, George W. Bush, was frequently alleged to have been a user of cocaine as a young air force reserve draft dodger.