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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 3/19/2013 

 Operation Pop Top Results 


On Monday, March 18, 2013, Polk County Sheriff’s 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 Lakeland, Mulberry, and Winter Haven areas.

A total of 15 convenience stores were checked for the sale of alcoholic beverages to a minor, and 12 of the stores were found to be in compliance with the Florida beverage laws.

Three store clerks from three separate stores were arrested during this operation:

  • 25-year-old Urvashiben Patel of Winter Haven was arrested and charged with one count Sale of Alcohol to a Minor. Patel works at the Superway #7 located at 1549 Dundee Road in Winter Haven. He failed to ask the high school student for identification and sold the minor alcohol.
  • 38-year-old Michael Udes of Winter Haven was arrested and charged with one count Sale of Alcohol to a Minor. Udes works at the Racetrac convenience store located at 11023 US Hwy 17 in Eagle Lake. He failed to ask the high school student for identification and sold the minor alcohol.
  • 46-year-old Kiritkumar Patel of Lakeland was arrested and charged with one count Sale of Alcohol to a Minor. Patel works at the Rightway convenience store located at 1790 Shepherd Road in Mulberry. He failed to ask the high school student for identification and sold the minor alcohol.

The following stores were in compliance:

  1. Time Saver groceries, 1680 Dundee Road, Winter Haven
  2. First Stop convenience store, 598 Avenue J SE, Winter Haven
  3. 7-11, 101 US Hwy 17, Winter Haven
  4. 7-11, 6175 US Hwy 98 South, Lakeland
  5. Pix, 2175 CR 540 East, Lakeland 
  6. Walgreens, 6210 Lakeland Highlands Road, Lakeland
  7. CVS, 6170 Lakeland Highlands Road, Lakeland 
  8. 7-11, 7040 SR 37 North, Mulberry
  9. Walgreens, 6985 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland
  10. First Stop Food & Beverage, 1125 Shepherd Road, Lakeland
  11. Sunoco, 1285 US Hwy 37 North, Mulberry
  12. Roc's Liquor, 806 North Church Avenue, Mulberry