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Jun 20, 2023

Operation Pop Top: Davenport store clerk arrested for selling alcohol to a minor

Media Contact: Alicia Manautou, PIO

On Tuesday, June 20, 2023, deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office visited 15 convenience stores in the Davenport area in the ongoing Operation Pop Top campaign against illegal alcohol sales.

The checks resulted in the arrest of a sales clerk at the 7-Eleven store at 43332 US 27. 62-year old Raymond Demeuse of Davenport was arrested after he sold a 16-ounce can of Corona Extra to a 17-year old.

The juvenile is a PCSO Explorer who was working with the PCSO on the operation. The Explorer program is for high school students who are interested in a career in law enforcement and they frequently take part in these checks.

"Deputies are constantly conducting these checks on stores that sell alcohol. The intent is to ensure that they are compliant with state laws regarding alcohol sales by not selling alcoholic beverages to anyone under 21 years of age. While we expect people to drink responsibly, we also expect retailers to sell responsibly." - Grady Judd, Sheriff.

Deputies reported that Demeuse looked at the 17-year old's Driver’s License which clearly displays that she is under 21, but sold the beer anyway.

Demeuse was charged with Selling Alcohol to an Underage Person (M2). 

The other 14 stores that were checked on Tuesday refused to sell an alcoholic beverage to the juvenile.