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State Police troopers seize cigarettes headed to KBIC businesses


The Michigan State Police seized 184 cases of cigarettes that were destined for retail sale by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community on February 9.

According to the KBIC, the seized shipments were headed to KBIC businesses which are located on Indian lands, were manufactured in Indian Country and were intended to be sold in Indian Country. They say that this seizure is an infringement of Tribal sovereignty, Nation-to-Nation trade, the Interstate Commerce Clause, other federal law and Michigan's own statute.

The Michigan State Police stated that the seizure is part of an ongoing investigation by the Michigan Attorney General's Office going back to 2014. We reached out to the Attorney General's Office regarding the investigation, and they have yet to get back to us with a comment.

We will have more information on the investigation as it is made available.


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