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Louisiana Seizes Cigar Shipments -- Distributor Sues

House of Oxford Distributors Inc. sued the State of Louisiana on June 23 for unlawful seizure of tobacco deliveries.

According to Alex Goldman, president of New Jersey's House of Oxford, Louisiana state agents, armed with prior knowledge of United Parcel Service shipments, followed UPS trucks and seized the cigars before they were delivered to customers.

"Louisiana really overstepped their bounds," said Goldman in a phone interview. "They confiscated seven different shipments without any due process. We don't even know where the cigars are, who has them or if we're going to get them back."

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