On Thursday, April 12, 2012, 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 area.
Seven stores were checked, and five of them were found in compliance with Florida State Statutes.
The following clerks were arrested and charged with one count each Sale of Alcohol to Person Under 21 Years of Age:
Peter Chakumgal, DOB 5/27/1953, of 3937 Sunnywood Circle in Lakeland. He works at Combee Discount Beverages located at 2934 South Combee Road in Lakeland;
Rameshkumar Patel, DOB 6/1/1963, of 7561 Carlton Arms Blvd in Winter Haven. He works at JK Food located at 3344 Winter Lake Road in Lakeland.
The clerks at the following stores refused to sell alcohol to the minor:
Sunoco, located at 2225 S Combee Road in Lakeland;
Combee Food & Gas, located at 1435 S Combee Road in Lakeland;
BP gas station, located at 1101 S Combee Road in Lakeland;
Skyview Foods, located 2939 Skyview Road in Lakeland;
Speedy Foodmart, located at 2905 S Combee Road in Lakeland