UPDATE: Operation Fruit Basket

July 21, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
This is an update to a story Action News brought you on July 2nd about a crackdown by Merced County Sheriff's Deputies on illegal fruit vendors. Sheriff Mark Pazin dubbed it "Operation Fruit Basket." Our story included an interview with a fruit vendor named Apolinar Flores-Rojas. The 31-year old had his produce taken by deputies and received a ticket for trying to sell watermelons, coconuts, flowers and other items without proper permits. The Mexican citizen cried as he told us he couldn't get enough work in the fields to support his family and that he was losing money he doesn't have. He also said he wanted to get permits, but he can't afford the right equipment and doesn't have the right identification to do so.