San Francisco Tenderloin Market Accused of Selling Drugs to Shut Down

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— A corner grocery store in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood has reached a settlement with the City Attorney’s office that will force the store to shut down for one year.

The Razan Market at the corner of Ellis and Jones streets is accused of being a safe haven for drug transactions. The area is dominated by liquor stores, bars, and the city’s down and out – who roam the sidewalks.

City leaders consider it a major victory in trying to stamp out illegal drug use. City Attorney Dennis Herrera said undercover sting operations by local police found nefarious activity at Razan over the past several months.

KCBS’ Mark Seelig Reports:

On Monday, Herrera sued to shut the market down and a judge approved a stipulated injunction that same day.

Starting on April 1st, Razan Market will have to shut down for at least one year.

The owner has also agreed to pay an $80,000 dollar fine, and will turn over any paraphernalia found inside.

The news is music to the ears of Randy Shaw, executive director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic.

“These kinds of lawsuits send the message that this is no longer the place for drug activity and drug dealers to do business,” Shaw said.

Herrera said they are still in the process of litigating with the owners of the Barah Market at 200 Leavenworth Street on similar charges.

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