The Governor’s Task Force on Illegal Gambling on Tuesday continued enforcement actions as part of a lawsuit filed earlier this month by the Greene County District Attorney. In that lawsuit, Greene County District Attorney Gregory Griggers and then-Sheriff Ronald Smith stated their belief that illegal gambling was occurring at Greenetrack, and the District Attorney filed a petition with the circuit court to seize all of the illegal slot machines at Greenetrack.
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On Tuesday morning, a small number of representatives of the Department of Public Safety and the Alcohol Beverage Control Board went to Greenetrack to continue the law enforcement operations that had been interrupted on June 18. The Task Force took control of all the machines at the facility and immediately began to inspect and inventory them. The machines may be removed to a secure facility in coming days.
“Today’s actions are being undertaken by the Task Force in pursuit of the forfeiture proceedings begun by the Greene County District Attorney and the orders of the Governor,” said Task Force Commander John Tyson, Jr. “Whenever a forfeiture action is initiated, the State has to have control over the machines at issue. All we did today was to complete what the local District Attorney and former Sheriff started in early June.
“The Governor directed me to assume representation of the State in the case to ensure that the State’s arguments are presented fully and quickly,” said Tyson. Tyson was not at Greenetrack on Tuesday morning.
The Task Force’s actions this morning were led by Col. Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Department of Public Safety. “The Task Force actions taken this morning involved 10 uniformed state troopers,” said Col. Murphy. “All of our actions are consistent with Judge Hardaway’s order and those of the Alabama Supreme Court.”
This statement was issued by the Governor's office and unedited.