Customers at a convenience store in Marietta told Channel 2’s Ross Cavitt that they could buy cigarettes, alcohol and anything else they wanted using food stamps.

On Monday, federal agents raided the store in the 800 block of South Marietta Parkway.

Some customers complained to Cavitt that the store was taking advantage of the less fortunate.

People who live in the area said the Food Mart was famous in the neighborhood.

“A lot of people know how to come in here to use your food stamps card,” one woman said.

“For what?” asked Cavitt.

“For whatever you’re not supposed to buy with food stamps,” the woman said.

Marietta police shut down the parking lot as investigators with the U.S. Department of Agriculture went in to seize evidence. They told Cavitt that they were investigating fraud.

Cavitt said he didn’t have to go far to find people who said they knew what was going on there. The customers told Cavitt that there was a significant markup for using food stamps.

“For a pack of cigarettes here, they are going to charge you $10 of food stamps instead of $5,” said customer Stephanie Williams, who said people could also fill up using a food stamp card.

“You just come in and say, ‘I want to get my gas and I want to use my food stamp card,’” said Williams.

“They charge more if you want to pay with food stamps than if you pay with cash,” said customer Shay Hampton.

The store’s owner, identified by customers as Sasha, fled the store after the investigators pulled out. She was neither arrested nor charged, but wouldn’t talk about the raid.

Investigators left after serving their search warrant, leaving with some evidence and some not so shocked neighbors.

“I’m not surprised,” said Williams.

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