Avocado aficionado

| 11/22/2006

A California trucking company owner and two of his employees nearly caused a guacamole dip crisis.

Ventura County authorities told The Associated Press that Castaneda Trucking was supposed to be hauling avocadoes from growers to market, but instead are accused of skimming off $700,000 worth of the product.

Florentino Castaneda and the employees are charged with grand theft and criminal conspiracy, The AP reported.