Victoryland, Country Crossing raided by governor's task force

Moving trucks ready to take away thousands of machines
Moving trucks ready to take away thousands of machines
Trooper cars lined-up at Victoryland
Trooper cars lined-up at Victoryland

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SHORTER & DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - Governor Riley's illegal gambling task force organized gambling raids on two big entertainment centers in Central and South Alabama early Friday morning.

State troopers moved onto the property of Victoryland Gaming Center and demanded that all non-employees collect their winnings and exit the facility.

Our news reporter Bethany Wales was able to speak with a couple of gamers who were asked to leave the premises. "It was scary," said one person. "I don't know what's going on. I got out."

"Victoryland has been around for a lot of years, and it has helped Macon County out," said another.

Victoryland workers are expected to report to work as usual.

The atmosphere was filled with anticipation, as if something was about to happen. About a dozen moving trucks moved in front of the premises, but later parked in a nearby parking lot.

Victoryland attorney Fred Gray and the chief of the Task Force, John Tyson, were in a meeting with a judge all morning. Victoryland managed to get a temporary restraining order signed against the task force. A hearing is scheduled for next Friday.

Governor Bob Riley and the president of Victoryland, Milton McGregor, have been at odds all week. McGregor hired a private investigator to follow the former chief of the governor's task force, David Barber. Barber has since resigned after admitting to winning $2,300 at a Mississippi casino.

The scene was much calmer at Country Crossing. The building was chained and locked around 12:00am. State troopers are still waiting outside the facility for orders to raid.

Months ago the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that "the definition of bingo is a game that is played with cards and numbers called out individually." Given that definition, Governor Riley said it was a go to raid gaming centers.

WSFA 12 News will keep you updated on further developing details.

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