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PCSO News Release

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News Date: 4/4/2014 

 Operation Pop Top Results 


On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in an effort to combat the illegal sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors, Polk County Sheriff’s School Resource deputies, along with the assistance of a PCSO Explorer, conducted “Operation Pop Top” in the Highland City and Bartow areas.

A total of 12 convenience stores were checked for the sale of alcoholic beverages to a minor. 10 of the 12 stores were found to be in compliance with the Florida beverage laws, and they are:

1. Racetrac - 1690 North Broadway, Bartow

2. Right Way Foods - 4205 Clubhouse Road, Lakeland

3. Discount Liquors - 5457 US Hwy 98 South, Lakeland

4. 7-11 - 6175 US Hwy 98 South, Lakeland

5. Sunoco - 1385 North Broadway, Bartow

6. Sunoco - 1900 West Main St, Bartow

7. Circle K - 310 West Main St, Bartow

8. Quickmart - 5295 SR 60 East, Bartow

9. Hurricane Handimart - 5401 SR 60 East, Bartow

10. Circle K - 7695 SR 60 East, Bartow 

The clerk at the Stop & Save located at 585 Clower Street in Bartow, 72-year-old Alexander Cherukattoor of Valrico, was charged with Sell of Alcoholic Beverage to a Person under 21 Years of Age. He was booked into the Polk County Jail.

The clerk at the Lee's Country Store located at 3540 Central Avenue in Alturas, 18-year-old Khalil Darwish of Winter Haven, was charged with Sell of Alcoholic Beverage to a Person under 21 Years of Age. He was booked into the Polk County Jail.