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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 4/4/2013 

 Operation Pop Top Results 


On Tuesday and Wednesday, April 2nd and 3rd, 2013, Polk County Sheriff’s School Resource deputies, along with the assistance of a PCSO Explorer (Explorers are volunteer high school students), conducted two “Operation Pop Top” initiatives in an effort to combat the illegal sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors. The operations were conducted in the Lakeland and Winter Haven areas.

A total of 32 convenience stores were checked for the sale of alcoholic beverages to a minor, and 30 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:

  • 52-year-old Joy Datta of Winter Haven was arrested and charged with one count Sale of Alcohol to a Minor. Datta works at the Superway Food Store located at 2415 Avenue G NW in Winter Haven. She failed to ask the high school student for identification and sold the minor alcohol.
  • 41-year-old Melanie Senecal of Winter Haven was arrested and charged with one count Sale of Alcohol to a Minor. Senecal works at the BP gas station located at 2600 Havendale Blvd in Winter Haven. She failed to ask the high school student for identification and sold the minor alcohol.

 

The following stores were in compliance:

  1. CVS, 3005 State Road 540 West, Winter Haven 
  2. JK Food Citgo, 3355 Spirit Lake Road, Winter Haven
  3. Circle K, 4980 Spirit Lake Road, Winter Haven 
  4. Dels Go Shop, 14 Coleman Road, Winter Haven 
  5. 7-11, 4000 Recker Hwy, Winter Haven 
  6. Sunoco, 3317 Avenue G NW, Winter Haven 
  7. Cash Mart, 1290 34th Street NW, Winter Haven 
  8. Kegs to Go, 2126 34th Street NW, Winter Haven 
  9. Amir's Food Store, 1915 34th Street NW, Winter Haven
  10. JK Food Store, 3344 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland 
  11. Speedy Food Mart, 2905 Reynolds Road, Lakeland 
  12. Skyview Foods, 2939 Skyview Drive, Lakeland 
  13. Reynolds Food Mart, 1035 Reynolds Road, Lakeland
  14. Arkh Rightway Food Mart, 3405 Main Street, Lakeland
  15. Chevron, 125 North Combee Road, Lakeland
  16. Sunoco, 2707 US Hwy 92, Lakeland
  17. Liquor, 2620 US Hwy 92, Lakeland
  18. Citgo, 1405 North Combee Road, Lakeland
  19. Quik Mart, 4646 North Combee Road, Lakeland
  20. MJ Food Store, 1416 North Combee Road, Lakeland
  21. In & Out Market, 1016 North Combee Road, Lakeland
  22. Fast Trax Food Store, 1000 North Combee Road, Lakeland
  23. 92 Food & Fuel, 2456 US Hwy 92, Lakeland
  24. Jay's Mini Mart, 2540 East Main Street, Lakeland
  25. Combee Food, 107 South Combee Road, Lakeland
  26. Fleetwing, 742 South Combee Road, Lakeland
  27. BP, 1101 South Combee Road, Lakeland
  28. Citgo, 1435 South Combee Road, Lakeland
  29. Sunoco, 2225 South Combee Road, Lakeland
  30. Combee Discount Beverage, 2934 South Combee Road, Lakeland