Immokalee men arrested for illegal picking of saw palmetto berries


Two Immokalee men were arrested Thursday when deputies found them with 4,600 pounds of illegally harvested saw palmetto berries, according to a release from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

Daniel Navarrete, 23, and David Casillas, 19, are charged with harvesting berries without a permit, grand theft and fleeing and eluding.

Under Florida law pickers must have a permit from the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and permission from the property owner to harvest the berries on private property.

The harvesting season for the berry runs from late July to October with them typically being commercially distilled to create a natural supplement and pharmaceuticals for men’s health issues.

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