The sheriff's office says in a release that it and the JTTF both received calls in reference to a UAS flying over a local area industry. The incidents occurred on March 3 at around 2:00 p.m. and March 16 at around 10:00 a.m.
According to the sheriff’s office, it is against Louisiana law to use a UAS to conduct surveillance, gather or collect information, and photograph or record a targeted facility without prior written consent of the owner of the facility.
The statue 14:337 defines a targeted facility as petroleum refineries, chemical and rubber manufacturing facilities, and nuclear power electric generation facilities.
Whoever commits the crime of unlawful use of a UAS will be fined not more than $500 or imprisoned for not more than 6 months, or both, according to the sheriff’s office, which adds that the Federal Aviation Administration prohibits any person from operating an aircraft in a careless or reckless manner so as to endanger the life of property of another.