Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office checked five Frostproof area convenience stores on Monday, February 13, 2023 and found that one was not compliant with the state's alcohol sales law that prohibits alcohol sales to people under the age of 21 years.
These checks are part of the ongoing Operation Pop Top campaign. Deputies are assisted by a juvenile who is enrolled in the PCSO Explorers, a program for high school students who are interested in a career in law enforcement.
21-year old Brittney Mason, a sales clerk at the Citgo station at 203 Scenic Highway in Frostproof, was arrested after she sold an alcoholic beverage to a 17-year old Explorer.
"The stores and clerks in this county must check identifications of those purchasing alcohol. We will continue to spot-check stores across Polk County to make sure that they're not endangering our children by selling alcohol to them, nor selling alcohol to any adults under the age of 21 as the law prohibits." - Grady Judd, Sheriff
The other four Frostproof stores which were checked and found to be compliant were: Sunoco (5321 US 27), Town Star (7030 US 27), Marathon (5320 US 27), and Citgo (917 Scenic Highway).