AG Luther Strange issues statement as VictoryLand reopens

Published: Sep. 13, 2016 at 7:32 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 13, 2016 at 7:48 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is very familiar with VictoryLand, and he's well aware that it reopened Tuesday to hundreds, if not thousands, of customers.

Strange, whose office obtained a search warrant in August 2013, successfully fought to keep more than 1,600 machines and more than $260,000 in cash seized in a raid by his office on the Macon County facility.

Tuesday, Strange issued a statement that reads:

"On March 31, 2016, the Alabama Supreme Court reinforced its previous rulings that electronic bingo is illegal.  The Governor has expressly told the Sheriff and District Attorney in Macon County that they need to do their job and enforce state gambling laws.  If those local officials are disregarding the Governor’s order and facilitating illegal activity, then I expect the Governor to take action.  I stand ready to work with the Governor and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency to stop illegal gambling and other crimes.”

Macon County, Sheriff Andre Brunson and District Attorney E. Paul Jones are on the record stating they have had the machines reviewed by independent experts who ensured they comply with the law.

The facility reopened at 2 p.m. Tuesday with approximately 500 machines.

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