In an effort to combat the illegal sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors, on Thursday, February 19, 2015, PCSO School Resource deputies, along with the help of Polk County Explorers, checked three stores in the Lakeland area. Of the three stores checked, only one was in compliance: the Sunoco gas station located at 4607 South Florida Avenue.
The following clerks were arrested for sale of alcohol to a minor:
24-year-old Wayne Sapp of 1618 Sims Place in Lakeland; Wayne works at the 7-Eleven located at 4975 South Florida Avenue;
32-year-old Rebecca Whorley of 2843 Maine Avenue in Lakeland; Rebecca works at the Marathon gas station located at 933 West Pipkin Road in Lakeland.