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Operation Pop Top: PCSO Arrests Clerk for Illegal Alcohol Sale

Davenport, FL - The Polk County Sheriff's Office has once again demonstrated its commitment to enforcing alcohol sales laws through a successful sting operation dubbed "Operation Pop Top." On Tuesday, January 2, 2024, deputies arrested a convenience store clerk for unlawfully selling alcohol to a minor.

Edward Schulze III, 19, was apprehended at a 7-Eleven store located at 6205 Lake Wilson Road in Davenport. The arrest followed an undercover investigation where Schulze reportedly sold alcoholic beverages to an underage person. The buyer, a 20-year-old member of the PCSO Explorers program, was tasked with attempting to purchase alcohol from various stores in the region.

This program involves students interested in pursuing careers in law enforcement, providing them with real-world experiences in the field.

During the operation, the Explorer visited a total of ten stores across Davenport, Haines City, and Winter Haven. Remarkably, only the 7-Eleven store where Schulze was working failed to comply with the law. In addition to checking alcohol sales, deputies also visited two other stores to ensure compliance with Kratom sales laws.

Schulze now faces charges of Selling Alcohol to a Person Under the Age of 21, a misdemeanor offense. The swift action taken by the Polk County Sheriff's Office highlights their ongoing efforts to curb illegal sales of alcohol to minors and to maintain a safe and lawful environment in the community.

"These operations are carried out frequently at different locations throughout the county, to ensure that the stores and employees are compliant with state laws, by not selling alcohol to anyone under the age of 21. Those who sell alcoholic beverages illegally will be held accountable." - Grady Judd, Sheriff

This incident serves as a reminder to all retailers and their employees about the importance of adhering to alcohol sales regulations. The Polk County Sheriff's Office has made it clear that they will continue to conduct similar operations to ensure compliance and safeguard the well-being of the youth in their jurisdiction.



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