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Smoke Shop Raid
Lynch: Arrests were appropriate
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  (Providence-AP) -- Attorney General Patrick Lynch says it was appropriate that arrests were made Monday during a raid of a tax-free smoke shop.
   Eight members of the Narragansett Indian tribe were charged with misdemeanors following a raid by the State Police at the tribe's Charlestown smoke shop.
   State Police entered the tribal land in an effort to stop the sale of the tax-free tobacco products. The governor calls the sales illegal.
   Lynch tells the Associated Press the arrests were appropriate. He also accused the tribe's chief sachem of (quote) ``criminal leadership.''
   Lynch says Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas not only violated the law by obstructing police during the raid but also incited others.
   He says Thomas (quote) ``has consistently shown he has no regard for the laws of the state.'' Lynch says the Narragansetts are required to abide by state laws under a 1978 agreement.

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