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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The Alabama Department of Public Safety has confirmed that state troopers are on hand at VictoryLand to assist the Attorney General's Office with a raid. Currently, the facility is shut down.

The AG's Office says a search warrant was served on Tuesday morning in response to illegal gambling operations.

"Today's actions are the culmination of an investigative process over the last several months," said Attorney General Luther Strange. "From my first day in office, I have worked to ensure that illegal gambling laws are enforced consistently across the state."

Strange says that efforts in 2011 caused the country's largest gambling machine manufacturers to remove their machines. He says that VictoryLand reopened in 2012 with electronic bingo machines that have been deemed illegal.

"My office worked to try to resolve this matter with minimal controversy," Strange said. "Unfortunately, the VictoryLand casino was operating in open defiance of the rule of law and we have been left with no alternative but to treat this as we would any other law enforcement matter."

The AG's Office says several hundred gambling machines and an undisclosed amount of cash were taken in the raid. The money and machines will be held as evidence and are subject to a forfeiture procedure in the Circuit Court of Macon County.

This comes on the same day that the Attorney General's Office announced a lawsuit filed to stop the operation of slot machines at casinos owned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.

While state police officers cannot enforce state law on Indian lands, according to the press release, the lawsuit claims that the Poarch Band has an obligation to comply with state laws against slot machines. Previous attempts by the Attorney General's Office to enforce gambling laws against the Indian casinos has proven unsuccessful.

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