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Florida Resident Convicted for Pointing Laser at Police and Military Helicopters

On June 21, 2023, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida convicted Patrick Longsworth for pointing a laser at U.S. Coast Guard and Miami Dade Police helicopters.
 
Longsworth pointed a laser at U.S. Coast Guard and Miami Dade Police helicopters on multiple occasions. During the investigation, Longsworth debated buying a larger laser to point at aircraft flying over Longsworth’s residence and told that intention to law enforcement officers.
 
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service with assistance from the Miami Dade Police Department and FAA.