Gambling raids find 35 illegal bingo machines
by Rachel Davis
Jan 19, 2013 | 4723 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange announced that his office and Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair recently participated in gambling raids on two Walker County locations that netted 35 illegal electronic bingo machines.

On Jan. 10, 2013, the two offices, with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, raided a privately-owned location on Valley Loop Road that held 20 machines and the former Arrowhead Golf Course on Holly Grove Road, which held 15 machines. The Arrowhead Golf Course was the subject of a similar raid in September 2012.

“These actions are the culmination of a joint investigation by the Attorney General’s Office and the Walker County District Attorney’s Office, with assistance provided by the Walker County Sheriff’s Office,” Strange said. “From my first day in office, I have acted to ensure that illegal gambling laws are enforced consistently across the state. These cooperative law enforcement efforts in Walker County demonstrate our commitment to do so effectively.”

Without the partnership between the three offices, enforcing the laws would likely be much more difficult.

“I commend Attorney General Strange and his office on their commitment to following and enforcing the law and the invaluable assistance in time and manpower that his office has provided,” Adair said.

These most recent raids bring the partnership to a total of seven gambling facilities shut down and 80 machines, two guns and $1,441 in cash confiscated. As in the past, the machines seized in this raid will be the subject of forfeiture paperwork filed with the Walker County Circuit Clerk’s office.

“Until the Alabama Legislature acts to create an effective deterrent for large scale illegal gambling, individuals will continue to engage in illegal gambling activity and openly defy the law,” Strange said. “These individuals stand to make thousands of dollars in illegal gambling profits while risking only a slap-on-the-wrist misdemeanor charge. Law enforcement will continue to be forced to expend valuable resources to deal with the growing problem. The Legislature must change that weakness in our law and create a badly needed deterrent for large scale illegal gambling by increasing the penalty for operating an illegal slot machine casino to a felony.”