Paris grocery store owner charged in drug investigation

The owner of a Paris grocery store faces several charges after police searched his business Wednesday and found drugs, money, forged documents and handguns.

Gerson Alonso, owner of AltaVista Mexican Restaurant and Grocery Store at 419 Main Street, was charged with five counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, two counts of trafficking, and one count each of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and third-degree possession of a controlled substance, police said. Police received a search warrant for the store after a three-month investigation.

Paris police said federal charges are pending. Five other people whose names have not been released will face charges through U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Winchester police Canine Unit, the U.S. Secret Service and the Kentucky Drug Enforcement agency assisted in the investigation.