On Thursday, October 13, 2016, PCSO School Resource deputies, along with the assistance of a PCSO Explorer (high school student volunteers), conducted “Operation Pop Top” in an effort to combat the illegal sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors, in the Lakeland area. Five stores were checked, and four were in compliance.
The following stores were in compliance:
Citgo - 2340 West Memorial Blvd, Lakeland
Shell - 2425 West Memorial Blvd, Lakeland
Sunoco - 2100 West Memorial Blvd, Lakeland
Food Mart Super Stop - 1818 West Memorial Blvd, Lakeland
50-year-old Donna Thomas of Lakeland, who works at the XYZ Liquor Store located at 1633 West Memorial Blvd in Lakeland, was arrested and charged with selling alcohol to a minor. During her arrest, deputies located marijuana, methamphetamines, and drug paraphernalia in her possession, and she was charged accordingly.