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1,000 gambling machines seized during search at four Greene County casinos

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GREENE COUNTY, AL - Authorities issued search warrants for four casinos in Greene County Monday morning after an investigation into illegal gambling operations.

The warrants were served at Greenetrack and Green Charity Bingo in Eutaw, and also at Frontier Bingo and River’s Edge in Knoxville.

Wrapped in plastic and wheeled out by moving companies, the Attorney General's office said nearly a thousand illegal bingo machines were seized. 

In a press release AG Luther Strange was quoted as saying, "
These casinos were 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."

But those employed by the companies that were raided said they aren't breaking the law, and they've already won this battle before.
 
Val Goodson is on the Board of Directors for Green Charity Bingo. She said,"If the judge ruled the last time you did it why go and do it again? Are you above the law? Are you above the state constitution?"

The attorney representing Greenetrack said they were compelled to suspend part of their gaming operations out of an abundance of caution and didn't have any machines for the AG's office to seize.

Greenetrack owner Luther Winn added, "
The truth is that industry experts have time and time again offered legal and technical analysis that the electronic bingo games offered by Greenetrack are in fact bingo games - comporting with all federal and state laws."

T
hose in favor of bingo in Greene County said those that are impacted the most are the employees who are out of a half day to a days work at least. While Greenetrack reopened for the second half of the day, others were closed.

Greenetrack patron Lester Sanders said, "Things are not wrong and nothings illegal, then why are they messing with these people? You know? At some point in time there's got to be a stop put to it."

According to the Attorney General's office, the gambling machines and the seized money, will be held as evidence and will be subject to forfeiture procedures in Greene County Circuit Court.



 



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