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Paraphernalia charges filed against store owner

Charges were filed recently against personnel at Samís Food Store on Main Street for possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to distribute it and not properly posting warning notices near tobacco accessories. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
November 11, 2009
STURBRIDGE — New management has only been able to keep a neighborhood convenience store on track for a few months.

Charges were filed Tuesday, Nov. 10 against Amjad Chaudhry, owner of Sam's Food Store on Main Street in Sturbridge, for possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to distribute and failure to properly post warning notices around a display of cigarette rolling papers.

Previously known as Stop 'n Save, under different ownership and management, the same locale came under heavy scrutiny for numerous food and tobacco sale violations, as well as the sale of diethylene glycol (DEG)-tainted toothpaste in 2007.

The drug paraphernalia charges are the first run-in the store has had with local authorities since opening under the Sam's moniker this June.

Sturbridge Police Detective Mark Saloio explained the charges are directly related to inventory that was on display near the store's register.

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