Wakulla Co. Targets Underage Alcohol / Tobacco Sales

By: WCSO Release
By: WCSO Release

Wakulla County, Florida -- March 25, 2011 --

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office conducted a two day undercover operation to combat the sale of alcohol, Spice and tobacco to underage teenagers, according to Sheriff David Harvey.

Members of the Criminal Investigations Division and WCSO Narcotics Unit began the operation March 22 and visited eight Wakulla County businesses to determine if the businesses were selling products to underage citizens.

A 17-year-old male entered the Chevron gas station located at 2911 Crawfordville Highway and departed after purchasing a four pack of beer, cigars and a packet of Spice. Lt. Sherrell Morrison identified the clerk through the teenager and issued Timmy Jerrell Hills, 30, of Tallahassee a notice to appear in court for selling liquor and tobacco to an underage age person.

On March 23, the same operation issued a notice to appear to Melanie Anne Gestl, 55, of Crawfordville for selling liquor to a person under age 21. The teenager purchased alcohol at the Sky Box bar at 2581 Crawfordville Highway. The teenager was allowed to purchase beer.

On March 23, Mikel Lianne Coleman, 21, of Crawfordville was issued a notice to appear in court for selling alcohol to a person under age 21. The operation targeted Victor’s restaurant at 2000G Crawfordville Highway. The teenager walked into the establishment and purchased a beer.

“Several citizen complaints have been received by my office alleging that underage citizens could purchase alcohol or tobacco products at these locations in Crawfordville,” said Sheriff Harvey. “We will continue to monitor this type of activity to make sure that we are limiting underage access to these products.”

The undercover operation visited five other locations where the underage teenager was refused his request to purchase the products.

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