St. Paul grocer charged for 'filthy' store

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Jul 20, 2014 at 1:38 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The owner of a St. Paul grocery store faces criminal charges after authorities say they found unsanitary conditions at his store.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports inspectors found rodent droppings throughout West Side Groceries, as well as food stored on the floor in standing water.

St. Paul City Attorney Sara Grewing says the facts were "egregious."

Hamza Ahmad Abualzain was charged with food handler/safety charges. Three counts are gross misdemeanors and one is a misdemeanor. His attorney declined comment Friday.

Police raided the market in June and say they found marijuana and a digital scale. An employee was arrested.

Police went back earlier this month with Agriculture Department inspectors. They shut the store and arrested Abualzain.

The criminal charges say he doesn't have a license for the business.

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