On Thursday, April 27, 2017, PCSO deputies, along with the assistance of a PCSO Explorer (high school student volunteer), conducted “Operation Pop Top” in an effort to combat the illegal sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors in the Lakeland and Bartow area. Seven stores were checked and six were in compliance.
"We are consistently encouraged that the vast majority of retailers in our area comply with the laws prohibiting selling alcohol to minors. We thank them for their diligence. Those who do not comply will be held accountable.” Grady Judd, Sheriff
The following stores were in compliance:
Shell Gas Station- 1020 N. Broadway Ave, Bartow
Speedway Sunoco- 1385 N. Broadway Ave, Bartow
RaceTrac- 1690 N. Broadway Ave, Bartow
7-Eleven- 6175 US Highway 98 S, Lakeland
RaceTrac- 4865 US Highway 98 S, Lakeland
Wawa- 3105 US Highway 98 S, Lakeland
23-year-old Karthik Mohan of Lakeland, who works at the Great USA Food Mart LLC located at 337 Bartow Road of Lakeland, was arrested and charged with selling alcohol to a minor.