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Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office arrested a Lakeland store clerk for selling alcohol to a minor on Monday, August 22, 2022, as part of its ongoing Operation Pop Top campaign.
53-year old Celina Alamo was charged with Sale of Alcohol to a Person Under 21, a misdemeanor, after a 16-year old girl purchased an alcoholic beverage from her. The girl is a PCSO Explorer who was participating in the special operation.
The Explorers program is for high school students who are interested in a career in law enforcement. Deputies coordinate visits to various Polk County stores to ensure that they are compliant with state alcohol sales laws.
"Deputies visited eight stores on Monday, and seven of them refused to sell alcohol to our Explorer. Stores and their employees have a responsibility to do their part in keeping alcohol out of the hands of those who are under 21." - Grady Judd, Sheriff
The stores checked during this round of stops were in the Lakeland and Bartow areas.