Employees and Casino Reacts: VictoryLand Shut Down
From Macon County -- VictoryLand is shut down today after Attorney General Luther Strange served a search warrant there, because of what he says are illegal gambling machines. Alabama News Network was first on the scene.
The VictoryLand entrance was blocked off Tuesday morning. Employees stood on the side of the road waiting for answers.
Around 250 employees were hired when the casino reopened in December.
Alabama News Network spoke with one VictoryLand employee. She did not want to give her name.
Attorney General Luther Strange issued the warrant after he says state agents "determined the gaming machines were illegal." Strange was out of town Tuesday, but in a press release, he says agents seized several hundred machines and an undisclosed amount of cash, which was hauled off by semi-trucks. Strange says it will be held as evidence.
Espy says the circuit judge was forced to sign the warrant by the Alabama Supreme Court. Alabama News Network has learned that the judge wrote next to his signature "only with the greatest judicial reluctance."
Espy says everything has been shut down including the restaurants and the dog track area. He says it looks like it will stay that way for the next 24 to 48 hours.
State troopers tried to raid VictoryLand back in 2010 when then-governor Bob Riley declared the machines to be illegal.