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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 9/3/2014 

 Operation Pop Top – Two Arrested for Sale of Alcohol to Minor 


On Tuesday, September 2, 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 (Explorers are high school student volunteers), conducted “Operation Pop Top.”  

The operation was conducted in the east Lakeland area with a total of 11 convenience stores checked for the sale of alcoholic beverages to a minor.  Of those stores checked, 9 were found to be in compliance with the Florida beverage laws and two were not in compliance.  

Those in compliance were: 

Combee Discount Beverages located at 2934 Combee Road, South, Lakeland

Fleetwing located at 742 Combee Road, South, Lakeland

Chevron located at 125 Combee Road, North, Lakeland

Sunoco located at 2707 Highway 92 East, Lakeland

CITGO located at 2646 Combee Road, North, Lakeland

M&J Food Store located at 1416 Combee Road, North, Lakeland

Fast Trax located at 1000 Combee Road, North, Lakeland

Jay's Mini Mart located at 2540 Main Street, Lakeland

Marathon located at 107 Combee Road, North, Lakeland 

"I commend these businesses for complying with Florida laws prohibiting the sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors," said Sheriff Grady Judd.  “Operation Pop Top is an effective community awareness tool.  "When proprietors see that we will not tolerate the illegal sale of tobacco or alcohol to minors, it sets a precedent.”   

The two stores not in compliance, along with the suspects who sold alcohol to minors were: 

Citgo Store #11, located at 1405 Combee Road, North, Lakeland - Arrested was 46-year-old Nita A. Parmar, DOB 2/11/68, 5115 Spanish Oaks Drive, Lakeland    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BP Station, located at 1101 Combee Road, South, Lakeland - Arrested was 19-year-old Sonny S. Chanthavong, DOB 4/10/95, 3004 New Jersey Road, Lakeland 

The suspects were transported to the Polk County Jail.