MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) — Alabama attorney general Luther Strange has filed a lawsuit to stop the operation of slot machines at casinos owned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. On the same day, the attorney general announced another raid at Victoryland Casino in Macon County.
Indian Gaming Lawsuit
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday morning in Elmore County against PCI Gaming Authority and the members of the Poarch Band’s Tribal Council and Gaming Authority in their official capacity.
Attorney General Strange recognizes that state police officers cannot seize the machines on Indian lands. But, he’s hoping to force the issue in court. In a news release, the attorney general alleges that the Poarch Creek 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.
The Poarch Creek Band has not yet commented on the lawsuit.
Attorney General Strange also announced Tuesday that Victoryland Casino in Shorter (Macon County) was shut down again. A search warrant was served, and machines were taken.
“Today’s actions are the culmination of an investigative process over the last several months,” said Attorney General Strange. “From my first day in office, I have worked to ensure that illegal gambling laws are enforced consistently across the state.”
Victoryland was shut down in 2011 and the country’s largest gambling machine manufacturers removed their machines from the property. However, in December 2012, Victoryland reopened with what Strange calls “so-called electronic bingo” machines.
“My office worked to try to resolve this matter with minimal controversy,” said Attorney General Strange. “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.”
Several hundred gambling machines were seized, as well as an undisclosed amount of cash. Victoryland casino owner Milton McGregor has not commented on the actions.