BREVARD COUNTY, Florida — On May 24, 2012, deputies from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office South Precinct and agents from the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco teamed together in an operation targeting the unlawful sale of alcohol to persons under the age of 21.
The operation focused on businesses in the southern end of Brevard County. With the end of the school year and summer approaching, the agencies felt the need to direct enforcement to prevent the illegal sales of alcohol to children. Minors, with parental permission, were utilized as confidential informants and sent into various convenience stores, liquor stores, retail stores and bars to attempt to purchase liquor.
The confidential informants utilized identification with true dates of birth when it was requested that they provide identification. Plain clothed deputies and agents were inside the store to observe the transaction. If the clerk sold the alcohol to the confidential informant, the confidential informant would leave the alcohol on the counter and the deputy would step in and make an arrest.
This operation was performed at 54 local stores throughout the south end of Brevard County. Out of the 54 stores where attempts were made to purchase alcohol, 13 employees from 13 different stores sold to the underage confidential informant. Each employee was charged with one count of one sale of alcohol to a person under the age of 21 in violation of Florida State Statue 562.11. They were each given a court date/notice to appear, and released on their own recognizance.
The following persons were charged:
1.) Steven Drake, 47.
Location of arrest: Outriggers, 4015 Main Street Micco, Florida
2.) Megan Renee Buckling, 22.
Location of arrest: Treasure Coast Bar, 5135 US 1, Grant, Florida
3.) Ghulam Nabi, 60.
Location of arrest: 7-11, 1199 Palm Bay Road, Palm Bay, Florida
4.) Colton Rockwell, 20.
Location of arrest: 7-11, 800 Palm Bay Road, Palm Bay, Florida
5.) Whitney Mitchell, 26.
Location of arrest: Circle K, 2290 Harris Avenue NE, Palm Bay, Florida
6.) Basant Jadunandan, 65.
Location of arrest: R&D Food and Gas, 2480 Minton Road, West Melbourne, Florida
7.) Divyeshkvmar Patel, 36.
Location of arrest: K&M Discount, 215 Fifth Avenue, Indialantic, Florida
8.) Cynthia Sinclair Bucholtz, 22.
Location of arrest: CVS, 100 N. Miramar Avenue, Indialantic, Florida
9.) Shawn McGrath, 28.
Location of arrest: Shell Station, 2090 N. A1A, Indian Harbor Beach, Florida
10.)Peter Brooks, 21.
Location of arrest: Racetrac, 4535 W. New Haven, West Melbourne, Florida
11.)Galan Ghanshyambhai Bhatt, 32.
Location of arrest: Chevron Station, 4640 West Eau Gallie Boulevard, Melbourne,
12.)Amanda Miller, 28.
Location of arrest: Chevron Station, 255 Ocean Boulevard, Satellite Beach, Florida
13.)Arvind Patel, 71.
Location of arrest: K&D Discount, 1902 S. Orlando Avenue, Cocoa Beach, Florida