Judge again denies return of cigarettes to Cayuga Indians

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A state judge for a second time refused yesterday to order the return of 176,000 cartons of cigarettes seized in November during raids on the Cayuga Indian Nation's two upstate convenience stores. Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Fisher ruled in December that the tribe could not sell untaxed cigarettes, but his decision was overturned by a state appellate court, which said the Cayugas could resume selling tax-free cigarettes.