Task force commander weighs in on attempted raids

Posted by: Melissa McKinney - bio | email

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - "We are not going to rest until the rule of law is restored in this state."

That rule of law?

"Electronic bingo is illegal in the state of Alabama," says the Commander for the Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling, John Tyson.

It's the message he wants everyone to understand. And with two attempted raids in the middle of the same night, he's wasting no time.

"This has gone on long enough," he says.

But he's going to have to wait a little longer for the Alabama Supreme Court to rule on Victoryland's temporary restraining order.

It's a decision he expects will come Wednesday.

If the court lifts the order?

"You can bet that we're going to be raiding," he adds.

But it's not just Victoryland in his cross-hairs.  Tyson says if Country Crossing re-opens?

"I promised them we'd have our undercover agents back in there, and we'd decide from there what to do next."

But now, one thing's missing from future raids.

"There is no element of surprise," adds Tyson.

But it's no big deal for the veteran District Attorney:

"When the Governor asked me to head up this task force, he asked me to enforce the law, and to restore the rule of law in Alabama. I promised him I'd use my best efforts to do that."

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