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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 4/22/2014 

 Operation Pop Top Results 


On Monday, April 21, 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 Winter Haven and Auburndale areas.

A total of 10 convenience stores were checked for the sale of alcoholic beverages to a minor. 9 of the 10 stores were found to be in compliance with the Florida beverage laws, and they are:

1. Cash Mart - 1290 34th St NW, Winter Haven

2. Superway-12 - 2415 Ave G NW, Winter Haven

3. Amir's Food Mart - 1915 34th St NW, Winter Haven

4. Kegs To Go - 2126 34th St NW, Winter Haven

5. Auburndale Sunoco - 421 Havendale Blvd, Auburndale

6. Walgreens - 501 Havendale Blvd, Auburndale

7. Winn-Dixie - 455 Havendale Blvd, Auburndale

8. Preston Foods - 229 Dairy Rd, Auburndale

9. Little Shop Right - 209 E. Lake Ave, Auburndale

The clerk at the Quik Food Mart located at 3317 Avenue G NW in Winter Haven, 34-year-old Digneshkumar Patel of Winter Haven, was charged with Sale of Alcoholic Beverage to a Person under 21 Years of Age. He was booked into the Polk County Jail.