Pills allegedly seized again from St. Paul Hmong market busted in ’13

By Jaime DeLage
Pills and other medications were seized last month from two booths at Hmongtown Marketplace in St. Paul, the same southeast Asian market where seven vendors were charged over sales of unmarked and misbranded drugs and syringes in 2013.
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The pills, injectable drugs and needles were seized March 23 during a search by the Ramsey County sheriff’s office.
A judge granted the search warrant after an investigator produced evidence uncovered by a confidential informant and an unrelated investigation, according to documents filed in Ramsey County district court.
The sheriff’s office began looking into the vendors after being alerted by someone involved in the marketplace at 217 Como Ave., according to investigator Kevin Navara.
“In the past 90 days, (I have) been contacted by a Concerned Citizen from within the Hmongtown Market who has expressed their concern about several booths who are selling pills and medicines again,” Navara wrote in his March 22 application for a search warrant.