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June 13, 2001 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a three-month undercover sting investigation called "Operation Green Gold," authorities Tuesday arrested the owner of a produce packing business for allegedly buying hundreds of pounds of avocados from a police officer posing as a drug user turned fruit thief. The arrest of Ariel Varela, 47, co-owner of Varela Bros. Packing in Fallbrook, represented an escalation in the fight against that most Californian of crimes: avocado theft.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2001 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a three-month undercover sting investigation called "Operation Green Gold," authorities Tuesday arrested the owner of a produce packing business for allegedly buying hundreds of pounds of avocados from a police officer posing as a drug user turned fruit thief. The arrest of Ariel Varela, 47, co-owner of Varela Bros. Packing in Fallbrook, represented an escalation in the fight against that most Californian of crimes: avocado theft.
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