Philadelphia, Pennslyvania (AP)

Some state lawmakers are unhappy that a Connecticut tribal leader got a license to operate a planned Philadelphia casino despite a two-decade-old drug conviction, but a gaming board official says another state law barred that from being a factor.

Michael J. Thomas, 40, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot, was sentenced in 1988 to 18 months in a Rhode Island prison and placed on probation until 1994. The tribe is a partner in the Foxwoods Casino project, first proposed along the Delaware River and now sought at a downtown shopping mall.