Cayuga Nation wants seized cigarettes back
The Cayuga Nation was back in court to seek the return of 17,600 cartons of cigarettes and other property that were seized in an illegal raid of the tribe's two smoke shops.

The cigarettes are reportedly worth $500,000. The tribe says authorities in Cayuga and Seneca counties don't have a right to hold onto them now that a state court ruled that the tribe could sell tax-free tobacco products.

The counties also seized computers and other tribal property during the November 2008 raid. They have rejected the tribe's offer to settle the case and are appealing to the state's highest court.

Get the Story:
Cayugas seek return of cigarettes, computers seized in tax raid (The Syracuse Post-Standard 7/17)

New York Appellate Division Decision:
Cayuga Nation v. Gould (July 10, 2009)

New York Supreme Court Decision:
Cayuga Nation v. Gould (December 9, 2008)

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