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Greensboro moves to close down business after managers arrested

The Phongsavanh Oriental Market at 1810 Coliseum Blvd.

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The City of Greensboro is working to close a local business one day after its managers were arrested on gambling and drug charges.

Greensboro police arrested Siphonexay Phongsavanh, 45, and his wife, Sengnalone Phongsavanh, 41, of 2505 Rowe St., on Thursday.

The couple manages the Phongsavanh Oriental Market at 1810 Coliseum Blvd. The business has been under scrutiny for more than a month on allegations of criminal activity.

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

Each suspect faces charges of illegal sports betting, maintaining a dwelling for schedule I and schedule VI narcotics, felony conspiracy, possession of schedule I narcotics, possession of schedule VI narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Greensboro officials said the city revoked the privilege license of the business on Friday. The revocation of the business license means the business must close immediately.

However, the owners of the market can appeal to the City of Greensboro Board of Adjustment and the business can remain open pending the appeal.

The appeal hearing would be held during the last week of May. In the interim, the city is continuing to seek further measures to permanently close the market.

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