SHORTER, AL (WBRC) - The governor's task force on illegal gambling is waiting for a judge to give them the ok to go ahead and raid Milton McGregor's Victoryland. More than 100 state troopers attempted to close the facility in Macon County.
Around 3:00 a.m., more than 100 state troopers showed up at Victoryland hoping to raid the complex. When troopers tried going inside, they were stopped because Victoryland owner Milton McGregor obtained a temporary restraining order from a Tallapoosa County judge. The head of the governor's illegal gambling task force said that restraining order is not valid and has gone to the Alabama Supreme Court to get it overturned.
Tyson spoke around 11:00 a.m. saying that the electronic bingo machines at Victoryland are illegal and need to be stopped and seized. Tyson says he looks forward to going into Victoryland as soon as possible. "In the meantime we have pulled our troopers back out on the highway and we are waiting for the relief that we are seeking from the Alabama Supreme Court, when that relief comes we will move in and seize the illegal machines that are there," says Tyson.
Milton McGregor has not issued a statement, but earlier this week he said in a written statement that "Governor Riley is doing nothing more than playing a political game and attempting to stop Alabama citizens from putting the issue of gambling to a vote."
More than 100 troopers were also kept on standby at Country Crossing in Houston County. Authorities showed up there early Friday morning, but could not get in because they did not have a search warrant.
The state task force was set to raid Country Crossing earlier this month, but a judge blocked that raid.