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Seneca-Cayuga Tribe accused in federal tobacco investigation

The Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma and an Indian-owned business on the Seneca Nation in New York have been targeted as part of a multi-state federal investigation into tobacco sales.

Federal authorities seized $266,000 in a bank account belonging to the tribe, according to news reports. The tribe is accused of selling tax-free cigarettes and gasoline at a convenience store it owns on Seneca Nation territory.

In New York, authorities raided Wolf's Run Trading Post. The business is reportedly owned by Will Parry, who was reportedly taken into custody.

According to news reports, the federal probe accuses entities in Oklahoma, Missouri, New York, Nebraska, Florida, Washington and Canada of illegally trafficking in tobacco.

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Oklahoma's Seneca-Cayuga Tobacco Company bank account seized (The Oklahoman 9/27)
Investigators seize tribal funds; U.S. attorney seeks forfeiture of cash (The Joplin Globe 9/27)
ATF raids warehouse on Seneca Nation Reservation (The Dunkirk Observer 9/27)
Federal raid on Seneca territory (AP 9/27)
Feds Raid Warehouse on Seneca Nation Reservation (WGRZ-TV 9/26)

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