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After Fed search, it’s business as normal

It was business as usual at Cherokee Tobacco on Friday morning, one day after federal agents conducted a search of Cherokee Tobacco offices and warehouse space.

A federal agent, positioned inside the lobby of the office building located at 1057 Bill Tuck Highway in South Boston, confirmed Thursday federal authorities were searching Cherokee offices and warehouse space.

Paul Feeney of the USDA Office of the Inspector General said Thursday his office could not comment on ongoing investigation activities and couldn’t confirm his office’s involvement in the search.

Jeff Boshek, public information officer for the Washington Field Division of ATF, said Thursday it did not appear any ATF agents from the Richmond, Roanoke or Bristol offices were involved in the search.

Dee Rybiski, media coordinator and community outreach specialist with the FBI Richmond Division, said Thursday afternoon the federal agents were “none of our people,” and she had no knowledge of any investigation underway in Riverdale.”

Repeated attempts to contact Kathy Farley, president of Cherokee Tobacco, were unsuccessful Thursday and Friday, and messages left on her cell phone and at her Cherokee office were not returned. 

Cherokee employees manufacture cigarettes in South Boston that are distributed under the Cherokee brand.