In the continue effort to combat the illegal sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors, along with the assistance of a PCSO Explorer (Explorers are high school student volunteers), Polk County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Deputies conducted Operation Pop Top on Thursday, April 26, 2012. The operation was conducted in the Lakeland and Mulberry areas of Polk County.
"I commend the businesses and conscientious store clerks who were in compliance with the law," said Sheriff Grady Judd. "We conduct operations such as these to send a message to the community that we will not tolerate the illegal sale of tobacco or alcohol to minors."
A total of 11 stores were check. All of the stores were found to be in compliance with Florida State Statues.
Riteway Foodstore, 4295 Clubhouse Road, Lakeland
7-Eleven, 6175 Highway 98 South, Lakeland
PIX Publix, 2175 540A, Lakeland
Hess Express, 6808 State Road 37, Lakeland
7-Eleven, 7040 State Road 37, Mulberry
Firststop Shop, 1125 Shepherd Road, Mulberry
CITGO, 1790 Shepherd Road, Mulberry
Sunoco, 1285 State Road 37, Mulberry
Roc’s Liquor, 806 N Church Avenue, Mulberry
Shell Gas Station, 104 State Road 37, Mulberry
Sunoco, 607 Highway 60 East, Mulberry
“Operation Pop Top is an effective community awareness tool. When proprietors see the illegal sale of tobacco or alcohol to minors is not tolerated, it sets a precedent,” Sheriff Grady Judd.