On Friday, March 2, 2018, PCSO deputies, along with the assistance of a PCSO Explorer (high school student volunteer), conducted “Operation Pop Top” in an effort to combat the illegal sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors in the Lakeland area. 12 stores were checked and 11 were in compliance.
"We are consistently encouraged that the vast majority of retailers in our area comply with the laws prohibiting selling alcohol to minors. We thank them for their diligence. Those who do not comply will be held accountable.” Grady Judd, Sheriff
The following stores were in compliance:
Shell – 2425 W. Memorial Blvd. Lakeland
5 Star Gas and Fuel – 2340 W. Memorial Blvd. Lakeland
Sunoco – 2100 W. Memorial Blvd. Lakeland
Lakeland Citgo – 3975 New Tampa Hwy. Lakeland
Chevron – 4301 New Tampa Hwy. Lakeland
Shell – 3730 Airport Rd. Lakeland
Marathon – 3230 W. Pipkin Rd. Lakeland
Pipkin Road One Stop – 1155 W. Pipkin Rd. Lakeland
Marathon Gas – 933 W. Pipkin Rd. Lakeland
Racetrac – 3600 Harden Blvd. Lakeland
Sunoco – 1920 Harden Blvd. Lakeland
23-year-old Bryanna Marie Vanek of Lakeland, who works at K. K. Food Mart located at 4275 New Tampa Hwy. in Lakeland, was arrested for sale of alcohol to a minor.