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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  • by Wakulla Resident Location: Panacea on Mar 28, 2011 at 09:59 AM
    What is wrong with you people bashing Harvey? Finally there is some GREAT news that WCSO has done something great in this county and still there are some people who have to be negative. Get over yourselves! Get out of my county if you dont like it here.
  • by Mike K Location: Crawfordville on Mar 25, 2011 at 02:50 PM
    MERIT PAY FOR THE SHERIFF AND STATE ATTORNEY would save us a lot of money!
  • by goodoleboy Location: wakulla on Mar 25, 2011 at 12:34 PM
    2012-year of new sheriff
  • by Retiredtoo on Mar 25, 2011 at 11:37 AM
    I find that interesting. Have you ever been to a harvey barbeque?
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      by Anonymous on Mar 28, 2011 at 09:55 AM in reply to Retiredtoo
      That comment is so stupid. This article is about underage drinking. People who are drinking at Harvey barbeques are not under 21.
  • by Credibility on Mar 25, 2011 at 11:29 AM
    The only way this counties sheriff's office will ever have credibility again is for a new sheriff that does not come from within the ranks of the department to come in and replace the corrupt culture that is like a cancer. David Harvey may have been a good sheriff 25 years ago, but has been soiled by the arrogance that is a job hazard of such a position. He is now no better than people in orange suits now. There is precious little difference between the sheriff and his prisoners now.
  • by Ricky-Bobby on Mar 25, 2011 at 11:07 AM
    Now they need to do a sting for Sheriffs who own stock in a bar, which is strictly prohibited by Florida laws. Oh, DBPR let him walk for relinquishing all of his stock in the Golf Country Club's bar. What stock? It was in default. Governor Crist, that pansy of an ex-governor, refused to REMOVE Sheriff Harvey, along with Slick Willie Meggs as a Harvey ally. I had some respect for the ABT law enforcement officers until they issued a warrant on A BUILDING/BUSINESS, instead of the owner, David Harvey, Sheriff. Then, they stooped lower and worked a sweet deal to drop charges if he turned over his assets to the bar and country club. Wait a minute !!!!!!!! I thought he had no connection with the bar? That is what his lying and cheating attorneys said at least.
    • reply
      by ks on Mar 25, 2011 at 03:49 PM in reply to Ricky-Bobby
      Wakulla county is by far the safest county to live in so David Harvey must be doing alot of things right everyone bashing him should not believe everything they see and here on tv and perhaps find a new county to live in i dont think you will be missed you probably moved here for the schools and low crime rate
      • reply
        by Lip Cheese on Mar 25, 2011 at 06:12 PM in reply to ks
        KS needs to be drug tested.
  • by hunter Location: crawfordville on Mar 25, 2011 at 10:48 AM
    if you don't like living here MOVE AWAY!!! PLEASE
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      by ks on Mar 25, 2011 at 04:00 PM in reply to hunter
      If they would it would be nice and less traffic less complaining
    • reply
      by jal on Mar 27, 2011 at 06:55 AM in reply to hunter
      Will you buy my house from me?
  • by Wakulla resident and proud of the WCSO Location: Crawfordville on Mar 25, 2011 at 10:48 AM
    I think it is great the WCSO is dong this. You will be glad if the actions of the WCSO saves your child from killing someone or killing themselves! You can help too. Test your kids or be more aware of where they are and what they are doing!
  • by KiKi Location: Tally on Mar 25, 2011 at 10:19 AM
    I bet the WCSO rewarded the kids with a 12-pack of beer and sent them into the national forest to consume it. WCSO IS A JOKE!!!!!!!!
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      by ks on Mar 25, 2011 at 03:56 PM in reply to KiKi
      your a joke stay in tally i dont think this really affects you
  • by Lynette Location: Crawfordville on Mar 25, 2011 at 10:09 AM
    WCSO also needs to figure out a way to catch adults who purchase it for underage people. I work at a convenience store and I have had underagers come in and try to buy and when I refuse them, they sit on the side of the store in the parking lot and ask other customers until they can get someone else to buy it for them. The only reason I know is because I've walked out and caught them. BURNS ME UP!!! Wakulla has a really bad problem with underage drinking and drugs. I used to be proud to live in "THE COUNTY". I'm having second thoughts now.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2011 at 11:53 AM in reply to Lynette
      So when they send someone else in to buy it for them you are allowed to deny that person the purchase.
    • reply
      by ks on Mar 25, 2011 at 03:55 PM in reply to Lynette
      you should move to a county where there is more of a drug problem instead of alcohol i dont think drinking beer around a fire in the forrest is all that bad we all did it in high school it was pretty fun
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