Posted: 4:13 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012

Federal agents swarm Puyallup smoke shop during raid

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Smoke shop raid
Smoke shop raid

PUYALLUP, Wash. —

State and federal agents swarmed a Native American smoke shop in Puyallup Wednesday, seizing scores of items.

 

Agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with officers from the state Liquor Control Board, removed files, computers and boxes of cigarettes from the Indian Country smoke shop and store.

 

Authorities won’t say why the shop was raided, and family members of the store’s owners said police are trying to destroy the business.

 

One woman was forcibly removed by officers when she tried to interfere with the operation, they said.

 

“Those cops, they’re mean and ugly! They threw me down!” said Carol Young.

 

A spokeswoman from the U.S. Department of Justice would not comment on the purpose of the raid but indicated it had to do with unpaid state and federal taxes on cigarettes and possibly other items for sale.

 

 It's not clear if anyone was arrested during the seizure.

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