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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Two people were arrested after police searched a Greensboro business that has been under scrutiny for more than a month on allegations of criminal activity.

Siphonexay Phongsavanh, 45, and his wife, Sengnalone Phongsavanh, 41, both face charges after police searched the Phongsavanh Oriental Market at 1810 Coliseum Blvd. on Thursday.

Police said the couple manages the business, which is allegedly connected to illegal gaming and betting.

Greensboro police said they began executing the search warrant after having established probable cause that illegal gambling may be occurring there.

Officers said they gathered sufficient evidence to arrest the suspects from the warrant.

The suspects both face charges of illegal sports betting, maintaining a dwelling for schedule I and schedule VI narcotics, felony conspiracy, possession of schedule I narcotics, possession schedule VI narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

“The issues with this business are certainly ones that have our attention and we are working hard to resolve,” said Interim City Attorney Tom Carruthers, in a prepared statement. “We are pursuing legal options to seek immediate closure of the market.”

In March, the News & Record reported city officials said they would shut down the market if the owner, who was charged with drug trafficking, doesn’t stop fostering crimes at the business.

Greensboro Police Department Attorney Jim Clark sent a letter to the market in March.

The paper reports records show that police have long suspected the market of selling drugs and running illegal sports betting games.


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