STOCKTON -- Long expired food, dirty shelves and behind a refrigerator was a plastic trash can with dried urine. Stockton police officers say it was used by cashiers so they could keep an eye on the cash register.
These sights were just some of the stomach churning discoveries that were made on Friday morning after a troubled mini-mart in south Stockton was taken over by a court appointed receiver.
And longtime customers were in disbelief.
"Nothing going on in that store," Shadow Sergeant, a Stockton woman said. "[I've] been in that store a lot of times. I go in there and buy sodas."
City of Stockton authorities said the market has been a longtime nuisance, forcing police officers to go out there numerous times for shootings, robberies, drug deals and homicides, according to Stockton PD spokesman officer Joe Silva.
The issues prompted police, code enforcement, neighborhood services and the city attorney to act. A judge allowed them to take control through Mark Adams, the court appointed receiver.
"Basically, all the illegal activity that was happening here ends as of this morning,” Adams said.
Now, Adams has his work cut out for him. What customers could not see is the back storage area which was filled with boxes of junk and other items which the receiver said is a fire hazard.
Along with the storage area, was a room upstairs filled with documents, boxes and other trash spilled onto the floor.
“I think you’re not seeing things like rotting food, you're not seeing the drug dealing that happens on the premises,” City Councilman Michael Tubbs said.
To be fair, not everything was in disarray. One of the only areas maintained well were the liquor shelves and the buckets of beer.
The receiver told FOX40 he will come up with a plan and submit it to a judge in the coming weeks. One of the ideas he has is a new store with fresh produce and meat.
The store is still technically owned by the property owner, and once the receiver is finished, he will give control back to the property and store owner.