Seneca Nation business owner blasts state seizure of tobacco
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The state of New York seized a truck that was headed towards a smoke shop on the Seneca Nation.
Aaron J. Pierce owns the truck. He is the plaintiff in a lawsuit that seeks to stop the enforcement of Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act, a federal law, on Seneca businesses.
"This outrageous seizure is clear retaliation for my company's litigation in federal court," Pierce said in a statement, The Buffalo News reported.
The state is moving to impose its taxes on the sale of tobacco to non-Indians but regulations have not been finalized.
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