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3 accused of selling alcohol to underage customers in Deltona

Kelly Csernai/Jennifer Parsons photo courtesy of the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.
Kelly Csernai/Jennifer Parsons photo courtesy of the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

DELTONA, Fla. – Three clerks were charged with selling alcohol to underage customers this weekend in an undercover sting by the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. 

According a news release from the Sheriff's Office, an undercover sting operation this weekend in Deltona resulted in criminal charges being filed against clerks at three businesses.

The release stated that the clerks asked for the undercover operative’s identification, which she produced showing that she was just 19 years old and too young under Florida law to buy alcoholic beverages. And then clerks at three businesses sold alcohol to her anyway.

According to the release, a misdemeanor criminal charge of selling alcohol to a person under the age of 21 was filed against the three employees who sold an alcoholic beverage to the operative, with all three being released at the scene after being issued a notice to appear in court. The other businesses were all in compliance.

The clerks charged were Kelly Csernai, 38, Bottle Stop II, 1411 Howland Blvd., Jennifer Parsons, 44, Kangaroo Express, 1380 Howland Blvd. and Joann Smith, 43, Kangaroo Express, 2798 Elkcam Blvd. 

The release explained that at another seven businesses, the clerks refused to sell the operative an alcoholic beverage. During the operation, an underage operative working with the Sheriff’s Office’s Deltona Street Crimes Unit and the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco made visits to 10 convenience stores and liquor stores in Deltona.