State sues 3 Indian casinos, raids VictoryLand

Victoryland Casino (Source: WSFA)
Victoryland Casino (Source: WSFA)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The state is moving to shut down at least four casinos it says are operating illegally in Alabama.

Attorney General Luther Strange's office filed suit Tuesday against the Poarch Band of Creek Indians to close their casinos in Atmore, Montgomery and Wetumpka.

State troopers, meanwhile, are serving a search warrant with the aim of closing the VictoryLand in Macon County. A statement from Strange says VictoryLand is operating in "open defiance" of laws against gambling.

The office of VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor had no immediate comment. Officials with the Poarch Band didn't immediately return calls seeking comment.

The moves are the latest in the state's long-running effort to shut down what it says are illegal gaming operations.

Both the tribal group and VictoryLand operators have contended their machines are legal.

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