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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

PIO 
News Date: 8/17/2007 

 “Operation Pop Top” Checks 7 Stores and Finds 4 in Compliance  


On August 16, 2007, Polk County Sheriff’s deputies, utilizing Polk Sheriff’s Explorers, who are volunteer high school students, to identify stores in the I-4/27 area of Polk County that sell alcohol to minors (also known as “Operation Pop Top”) were successful in identifying 4 stores that did not sell alcohol to minors, and 3 stores that did.

Clerks at the following stores refused to sell alcohol to the minors:

Kangaroo gas station, located at 45489 US Hwy 27 North in Davenport

Publix, located at 2424 Sand Mine Road in Davenport

7-11, located at 44249 US Hwy 27 North in Davenport

Race Trac gas station, located at 43250 US Hwy 27 North in Davenport

The following individuals were issued notices to appear for selling alcohol to minors:

Arlene Rodriguez, DOB 1/30/80, of 43420 US Hwy 27 North #131, Davenport. Rodriguez works at the Marathon gas station located at 43804 US Hwy 27 North in Davenport.

Augustin Oropeza, DOB 5/10/50, of 105 Sahali Court, Davenport. Oropeza works at the BP gas station located at 43568 US Hwy 27 North in Davenport.

Lekisha Smith, DOB 10/28/83, of 43420 US Hwy 27 North #312, Davenport. Smith works at the 7-11 store at 43332 US Hwy 27 North in Davenport.

According to Florida State Statute 542.11(1)(a) selling alcohol to a minor is a 2nd degree misdemeanor. 

“It is against the law to sell alcohol to anyone under the age of 21,” says Sheriff Grady Judd, “and we will continue to identify the stores in the county who violate that law, and charge the store clerks accordingly. I commend those owners and employees who complied with this law—they set the example for others in our county who care about our youth.”