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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 10/22/2012 

 Operation Pop Top Results 

On Monday, October 22, 2012, Polk County Sheriff’s School Resource deputies, along with the assistance of a PCSO Explorer (volunteer high school students), conducted two “Pop Top” operations in an effort to combat the illegal sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors. The operation was conducted throughout the county, in Winter Haven, Auburndale, Eagle Lake, Lake Alfred, Lakeland, Mulberry, and Bartow.

37 stores were checked, and all but one of them were found in compliance with Florida State Statutes.
The clerk at the My Deli Supermarket located at 3250 Lake Alfred Road in Winter Haven, 44-year-old Mariana Hernandez, was arrested for Sale of Alcohol to a Minor.

The clerks at the following stores refused to sell alcohol to the minor:

  1. Shell, 3006 Hwy 54, Winter Haven
  2. J K Foods, 3355 Spirit Lake Rd., Winter Haven
  3. Circle K, 4980 Spirit Lake Rd., Winter Haven
  4. Citgo, 4660 US 17, Winter Haven
  5. Citgo, 150 US 17, Eagle Lake
  6. Grab & Go Food Mart, 558 US 17, Eagle Lake
  7. RaceTrac, 11023 US 17, Eagle Lake
  8. 7 – Eleven, 101 US 17, Winter Haven
  9. Chevron, 1200 3rd Street SW, Winter Haven
  10. Food Mart, 101 6th Street SW, Winter Haven
  11. CVS, 400 6th Street NW, Winter Haven
  12. 7 Days, 1123 6th Street NW, Winter Haven
  13. King Liquor, 1124 6th Street NW, Winter Haven
  14. Sunoco, 1202 6th Street NW, Winter Haven
  15. Citgo, 1250 6th Street NW, Winter Haven
  16. Publix, 1395 6th Street NW, Winter Haven
  17. Lake Alfred Liquor, 720 S. Lakeshore Way, Lake Alfred
  18. Citgo, 530 S. Lakeshore Way, Lake Alfred
  19. Sharmin Super Mart, 285 S. Lakeshore Way, Lake Alfred
  20. Express Food Mart, 2100 US 92, Auburndale
  21. Food Mart, 1401 US 92, Auburndale
  22. Marathon, 2003 US 92, Auburndale
  23. A-1 Discount, 1042 Berkley Road, Auburndale
  24. BP, 1114 Berkley Road, Auburndale
  25. Sunoco, 1900 West Main Street, Bartow
  26. Chevron, 506 West Main Street, Mulberry
  27. Roc's Liquor, 806 North Church Street, Mulberry
  28. Sunoco, 1285 North Church Street, Mulberry
  29. Liquor World, 7066 SR 37 South, Mulberry
  30. 7-11, 7040 SR 37 South, Mulberry
  31. 1st Stop Food & Beverage, 1125 Shepherd Road, Mulberry
  32. Winn Dixie, 6902 SR 37 South, Mulberry
  33. Hess, 6808 SR 37 South, Mulberry
  34. Sunoco, 4612 Cleveland Heights Blvd, Lakeland
  35. Coastal, 3510 Cleveland Heights Blvd, Lakeland
  36. BP, 3501 Cleveland Heights Blvd, Lakeland

"This is what I call a successful operation - our high school Explorers attempted to purchase alcohol in nearly every corner of the county, and only one clerk out of 37 broke the law. We commend the clerks at the 36 stores who obeyed the law and refused to sell alcohol to a minor. They were smart enough to realize that taking two seconds to ask for an I.D. can be the difference between keeping your job, or going to jail." - Sheriff Grady Judd.