Breaking news via police spokesperson:
Two people are in custody following a search warrant executed at Phongsavanh Oriental Market, an establishment that has been under scrutiny for more than a month following allegations of criminal activity.
Police arrived at the establishment located at 1810 Coliseum Boulevard shortly before 1 p.m. and began executing the search warrant after having established probable cause that illegal gambling may be occurring there. Officers from the Southern Division established the probable cause through covert and overt methods, including surveillance of the business.
As a result of the warrant, officers gathered sufficient evidence to arrest Siphonexay Phongsavanh, 45, and his wife, Sengnalone Phongsavanh, 41, of 2505 Rowe Street. The couple, who manages the market, each 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,” says Interim City Attorney Tom Carruthers. “We are pursuing legal options to seek immediate closure of the market.”
Activist Ben Holder has been tracking this story in depth.