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Pot charges for man who violated Obama LA airspace

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March 21, 2012 10:27 PM EST | AP


LONG BEACH, Calif. — A California man whose plane was intercepted by Air Force F-16 fighter jets last month because it entered the same Los Angeles airspace as President Barack Obama's helicopter has been charged with possession of marijuana and transporting it for sale.

Police in Long Beach, where 43-year-old Brian Choppin was forced to land his Cessna, said they found marijuana during a search of the plane.

Pilots were told that during Obama's Feb. 16 visit they were not to come within eight miles of Los Angeles International Airport.

The Secret Service says Obama was never in danger.