Oneidas Want Cigarette Charges Dropped
Source: Finger Lakes News Radio

The Oneida man-arrested last Friday in Montezuma-for transporting 2,900 cartons of untaxed cigarettes-was connected to an Indian tribe.

The Auburn Citizen reports that 30- year old Adam Berdanier is an employee of the Oneida Indian Nation and was stopped because his truck did not have a vaild state Department of Transportation number on it. That's when State Police found the untaxed cigarettes.

Oneida Indian Nation Spokeman Mark Emery says quote " the police officer made a serious mistake by arresting an innocent worker who was lawfullly doing his job." It's a felony if you are in possession of more that 30,000 untaxed cigarettes. The tribe wants the charges dropped.