ABI raids Birmingham-area charity bingo halls

Authorities today carried out simultaneous raids at a handful of Jefferson County bingo halls.

Teams of agents with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation hit facilities in the Birmingham Division of Jefferson County.

The raids followed a weekend of undercover operations at the bingo halls, authorities said.

Officers were expected to make arrests and seize the machines.

Jefferson County District Attorney Brandon Falls said last month that the electronic bingo halls are illegal and the operations could face criminal prosecution. Falls has said his stance on electronic bingo is unchanged despite some halls reopening around the state.

''Electronic bingo is still illegal,'' Falls said in a previous interview. ''I'm surprised that anyone in the state has opened.''

The warrants are being served at these locations:

• Charity Bingo/Community Network Association Inc., 2501 Commerce Circle, Tarrant
• Bingo G2, Inc., 8833 Alabama Highway 79, Pinson
• Roebuck Elks Lodge No. 2123, 804 Gadsden Highway, Birmingham
• Grayson Valley Bingo, 1251 Grayson Valley Parkway, Trussville
• Morris Youth Association Charity Bingo, 3208 Decatur Highway, Gardendale

(Birmingham News/Linda Stelter)


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  • by tlynne Location: alabama on Apr 8, 2010 at 11:14 AM
    I would like to know WHY after the many years these casinos have been opened and operating are the authorities now raiding every one of them , its just plain stupid Does Alabama not know how much money this generates for your charities and education and if the people cant gamble in alabama do you not think they will take there money to another state and have that state benefit from the alabamians. Alabama get with the program and get your heads out of your a***s
  • by Keith Location: Ozark, AL on Apr 8, 2010 at 07:44 AM
    At least they did it properly. The ABI sent undercover agents in and then made the raid based on evidence. Country Crossing seems a bit different. The Bingo could have been stopped when the machines were delivered (as happened a few weeks ago in another town), when the machines were installed or even the day CC opened. It was open 24 hours/day for three months. CC was advertised statewide and nationwide on Fox News Network (I watched it, myself). Why wait three months? Why make a big deal about warrantless raids by the State Police? This is what makes me wonder if this a legal or political issue. Perhaps, if it wasn't so difficult to establish paper bingo , maybe the electronic bingo issue wouldn't be so important. Govenor Riley's references to Phenix City tells me more about Montgomery's corruption and inefficency than the gambling in Phenix City. The lottery didn't pass because many citizens expected the money to end up in politicians pockets rather than in school budgets.
  • by kimberly hamilton Location: slocomb, alabama on Apr 8, 2010 at 06:12 AM
    I think this whole thing is stupid, and I think Riley and his good ol boys all just suck. I mean seriously???Are you concerned about jobs, revenue or anything?? Maybe you just want to raise sales tax, because our roads here in HOUSTON county sure do show it.
  • by JAMES Location: DOTHAN on Apr 7, 2010 at 06:34 PM
    I SEE THAT THE SCREW BALLS ARE AT IT AGAIN.HOW MANY STATE TROPERS DID IT TAKE IN THIS RAID.THESE STATE TROOPERS MUST BE riley PUPPETS.THE PEOPLE IN THE BIRMINGHAM MUST FELL LIKE A BUNCH OF JERKS LIKE US HERE IN HOUSTON COUNTY.I SAW ONE STATE TROOPERHERE IN DOTHAN.HE MUST HAVE FELT LIKE THE MAYTAG MAN.THE LONELY IN TOWN
  • by Troy Location: Dothan on Apr 7, 2010 at 03:59 PM
    I like the way WTVY put a little misleading spin on the title and called them "charity" bingo halls. The law requires that 100% of all profit goes to a non profit charity and not employee of the bingo hall can be a paid employee. This was deffinately not the case. I am glad to see that someone is finally getting arrested for it though.
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