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, May 17, 2012.
The operation was conducted in the Combee Road area of Lakeland in unincorporated Polk County. Twelve stores were checked, all twelve were in compliance with Florida State Statue 562.11 prohibiting the sale of Alcohol and Tobacco to minors.
"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."
CITGO Quick Mart, 4646 N Combee Road
M&J Food Mart, 1418 N Combee Road
CITGO Food Mart, 1405 N Combee Road
In and Out Market, 1016 N Combee Road
Fast Trax Mart, 1000 N Combee Road
92 Food and Fuel, 2456 US Highway 92 E
Sunoco, 2707 US Highway 92 E
Chevron, 125 N Combee Road
Jay’s Minimart, 2540 E Main Street
CITGO/Combee Food and Fuel Xpress, 107 S Combee Road
Fleetwing Fuel and Minimart, 742 S Combee Road
BP Fuel, 1100 S Combee Road
“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.