Massive amounts of mislabeled drugs seized from Hmongtown Marketplace


The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office says hundreds of pounds of unmarked or misbranded pills, drugs and syringes were seized from a popular community market in St. Paul.

Suspected cyanide, steroids, penicillin and opiates taken from 15 vendor stalls at the Hmongtown Marketplace located at 217 Como Ave. were allegedly sold illegally, the Pioneer Press reports.

Authorities say the unknown drug products by non-pharmaceutical sellers have resulted in injuries, sickness and even death, KSTP reports.

An ongoing investigation by the Ramsey County Violent Crime Enforcement Team and the FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations lead to a search warrant being executed Tuesday morning at Building C of the marketplace.

Evidence gathered filled 80 large evidence bins, according to a sheriff's office spokesperson.

The case is being reviewed for criminal charges. No arrests have been made.

Andrew Zimmern featured Hmongtown Marketplace on an episode of Bizarre Foods:

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