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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 4/1/2013 

 Operation Pop Top Results 


On Friday, March 29, 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, Polk City, and Auburndale areas.

A total of 28 convenience stores were checked for the sale of alcoholic beverages to a minor, and 26 of the stores were found to be in compliance with the Florida beverage laws.

Two store clerks from two separate stores were arrested during this operation:

  • 53-year-old Cindy Trivilino of Auburndale was arrested and charged with one count Sale of Alcohol to a Minor. Trivilino works at the BP gas station located at 1114 Berkely Road in Auburndale. She failed to ask the high school student for identification and sold the minor alcohol.
  • 26-year-old Megan Mendez of Lakeland was arrested and charged with one count Sale of Alcohol to a Minor. Mendez works at the Citgo gas station located at 3975 New Tampa Hwy in Lakeland. She failed to ask the high school student for identification and sold the minor alcohol.

The following stores were in compliance:

  1. Sunrise Supermarket, 3055 Thornhill Road, Auburndale 
  2. Citgo, 2101 K-Ville Avenue, Auburndale
  3. Shell, 1795 Berkley Road, Auburndale 
  4. Shell, 205 Commonwealth Avenue, Polk City 
  5. Texaco, 501 North Commonwealth Avenue, Polk City
  6. Chevron, 525 North Commonwealth Avenue, Polk City
  7. Sunoco, 644 North Commonwealth Avenue, Polk City
  8. BP, 8919 North Commonwealth Avenue, Polk City
  9. Citgo, 4646 North Combee Road, Lakeland 
  10. BP, 4225 Lakeland Hills Blvd, Lakeland
  11. 7-11, 290 North Socrum Loop Rd, Lakeland
  12. Exxon, 4655 North Socrum Loop Rd, Lakeland
  13. Hilltop Food Mart, 615 West Daughtery Rd, Lakeland
  14. Circle K, 10704 US Hwy 98 North, Lakeland
  15. Circle K, 8324 US Hwy 98 North, Lakeland
  16. Circle K, 7250 US Hwy 98 North, Lakeland
  17. 7-11, 2993 Duff Rd, Lakeland
  18. Kathleen Food Mart, 6403 Kathleen Rd, Lakeland
  19. Circle K, 3808 Deeson Rd, Lakeland
  20. EZ Food Mart, 4009 Knight Station Rd, Lakeland
  21. Lakeland Discount Beverage, 3135 Knight Station Rd, Lakeland
  22. Circle K, 3100 North Galloway Rd, Lakeland
  23. Citgo, 1154 North Galloway Rd, Lakeland
  24. Swindell Mini-Mart, 3428 Swindell Rd, Lakeland
  25. Xpress Food Mart, 4301 North Galloway Rd, Lakeland
  26. Shell, 4275 New Tampa Hwy, Lakeland