San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is suing two markets in the Tenderloin, calling them “safe havens” for the sale of drugs and stolen property.

The civil suits were filed this week against Barah’s Market at 200 Leavenworth Street and Razan Deli at 391 Ellis Street. It states that in 2010 and 2011, undercover police officers frequently bought drugs in or around both markets and sold merchandise they claimed was stolen from a nearby Walgreens to market employees.

The city attorney’s office is looking to close each business for a year so “they can get their houses in order.”

Employees at the Barah’s Market said they were unaware of the lawsuit until this week and denied any wrongdoing.  Owners at Razan Deli would not comment on the suits.



Photo Credit: Jeremy Brooks