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AG files lawsuit, VictoryLand shut down by troopers

(Source: WSFA) (Source: WSFA)
(Source: WSFA) (Source: WSFA)
SHORTER, AL (WTVM) -

WSFA News has confirmed state troopers are at VictoryLand in Shorter, AL - assisting the Attorney General's office. The facility is closed. 

A VictoryLand employee told WSFA when she showed up for work Tuesday morning the doors to the facility were locked and that state troopers had "swarmed the front door."

Attorney General Luther Strange says a search warrant was served at VictoryLand in Macon County in response to illegal gambling operations.  "From my first day in office, I have worked to ensure that illegal gambling laws are enforced consistently across the state."

Law enforcement agents seized several hundred gambling machines and an undisclosed amount of cash from VictoryLand. 

In addition,  state officials have filed a lawsuit to stop the operation of slot machines at casinos owned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday morning in the Circuit Court of Elmore County.  The lawsuit alleges Poarch Band is "operating, advancing, and profiting from unlawful gambling activity at the Creek Casino in Wetumpka, the Wind Creek Casino in Atmore, and the Creek Casino in Montgomery.

Attorney General Luther Strange said he decided to file the lawsuit after his other efforts to stop the Poarch Tribe's gambling activities failed and because state officers cannot seize gambling machines on Indian land.

"Unlawful gambling is a statewide problem, and I have worked with local authorities to enforce Alabama law consistently and fairly throughout the state," Strange said. "I have sent two letters to the National Indian Gaming Commission, asking them to stop the Poarch Band's unlawful gambling, but the Commission has refused to do anything about it. The Commission's inaction has left me with no choice but to file this lawsuit," Strange said.

Strange said in a press release Tuesday morning he sent letters to the National Indian Gaming Commission in Feb. 2011, and again in  April 2012, asking the commission to take action against the tribe.

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