Cigarette arrests at Poospatuck reservation anger Indians

Suffolk police have begun arresting customers deemed potential cigarette smugglers on the Poospatuck Indian reservation in Mastic.

The move has angered the Poospatuck tribe, who live on the smallest Indian reservation in the state. Poospatuck Chief Harry Wallace says the police and Suffolk district attorney have singled out the reservation to enforce unjust tax regulations prohibiting non-Indian customers from buying untaxed cigarettes.

DA officials defended the eight arrests that have been made so far, saying that only potential smugglers face charges and not customers who buy less than five cartons. Five cartons is the legal limit under the tax law.

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