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Alabama Gaming Hall Raided

20 August 2004

TROY, Alabama – As reported by the Associated Press: "Law enforcement officers raided a plain metal building on the outskirts of Troy, seizing 60 video gambling machines and surprising customers who were feeding dollar bills into the machines.

"…District Attorney Gary McAliley said officers arrested Ray Grant, 58, of Troy. They accused him of being one of the operators and charged him with misdemeanor possession of gambling devices and possession of gambling records. Each is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

"…Attorney General Troy King, who participated in the raid, said his office has received complaints about similar businesses in other parts of the state, and his office will work with local law enforcement to review the complaints. He indicated the Troy raid would not be his last.

"…The business was in a normal-looking metal building with no sign and a grass parking lot. A handwritten piece of paper on the door listed the hours of operation for the six-day-a-week business but gave no indication what was inside. Officers said customers learned of the business through word of mouth…"

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