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Press Release: Unlawful Sale / Possession of Agricultural Products
Agency: Southern Coachella Valley Community Services District
Station Area: Thermal
Written Date: 12/22/17 Time: 6:15 PM
Incident Date: 12/22/17 Time: 4:10 PM
Incident Location: Avenue 66 x 86 Expressway  Mecca, Ca
Reporting Officer: Deputy Arnold Iniguez 
File Number(s): C173560025

Details:

On Friday, December 22, 2017, at approximately 4:10 pm, Thermal Station Deputies, assigned to the Southern Coachella Valley Community Services District Team, continued their investigation into recent agricultural thefts from the farming communities of Thermal, Mecca and Oasis. District Deputies contacted a subject selling produce from a vehicle, on Avenue 66 near the 86 Expressway.

Juan Carlos Ceja, age 59 of Thermal, was arrested and cited, for possession of approximately 200 pounds of Medjool Dates without proper documentation and selling produce without a permit. The dates were confiscated. The deputies are continuing their investigation into reports of recent agricultural thefts in the area.

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