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Fighter jets intercept drug plane in Obama airspace over L.A.

February 16, 2012 |  3:27 pm

President Obama at LAX
Military fighter jets intercepted a four-seat, single-engine plane that violated a temporary flight restriction over Los Angeles that was in place as President Obama left LAX, military officials said.

The Cessna 182 was intercepted shortly after 11 a.m. by two F-16 fighters that flew out of March Air Reserve Base, according to a statement from the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The jets followed the plane until it landed at Long Beach Airport about 30 minutes later, the statement said.

Long Beach police met the plane. Authorities said they found as much as 10 kilograms of marijuana on the plane.

The White House said it would have no statement.

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Photo: President Obama departs Los Angeles on Thursday after a one-day visit.  Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

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