The Tenderloin market accused of harboring drug dealers is in trouble with the city, which called it a "public nuisance." The market says it has no control over the neighborhood touts.
A second corner store in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood has been slapped with penalties by a judge for harboring drug dealers, but this one may remain open.
Barah's Market, at 200 Leavenworth Street, was ordered by Judge Harold Kahn to stop the "sale, storage, or distribution of illegal drugs," according to the San Francisco Examiner. The market must close at midnight, employ a security guard, and install security cameras, the judge said.
Earlier this month, Kahn ordered Razan Deli at 391 Ellis Street closed for a year and imposed an $80,000 fine after undercover cops were able to buy crack and crack pipes there from a clerk, to whom the cops also sold stolen goods.
In January, police Chief Greg Suhr and City Attorney Dennis Herrera called a news conference in which they accused the owners of both markets out for creating a "public nuisance" for harboring the drug dealers, the newspaper reported.
Employees of Barah's Market said they were powerless to stop the drug dealing going on outside their market -- the Tenderloin is, after all, known for drug dealing -- and an attorney for the market said it was not "in the business of selling drugs," the newspaper reported.