On Thursday, March 8, 2012, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, School Resource deputies, along with the assistance of a PCSO Explorer, (Explorers are high school student volunteers), conducted “Operation Pop-Top” in an effort to combat the illegal sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors. The operation was conducted in the north Lakeland area of Polk County.
"I commend the businesses and conscientious store clerks who were in compliance with this latest Operation Pop Top," said Sheriff Grady Judd. "We conduct operations such as these to send a message to the community that we will not tolerate the illegal sale of tobacco or alcohol to minors."
Ten stores were checked and all were found to be in compliance with Florida State Statutes:
BP, 4718 U.S. Highway 98 North, Lakeland
7-11, 5870 U.S. Highway 98 North, Lakeland
Sweetbay Liquors, 6220 A U.S. Highway 98 North, Lakeland
Hill Top Food Mart, 615 West Daughtery Road, Lakeland
Hess Mart, 111 Marcum Road, Lakeland
Winn Dixie, 6600 North Socrum Loop Road, Lakeland
Sunoco, 6615 North Socrum Loop Road, Lakeland
Walgreens, 6710 Old Polk City Road, Lakeland
Walgreens, 6730 U.S. Highway 98 North, Lakeland
Circle K, 7250 U. S. Highway 98 North, Lakeland