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(WMC-TV) - Club La Granja Bar and Grill is shut down. Nuisance posters cover each of the windows. But the club's defense attorney has a bone to pick with the state for shutting down his client's club for a second time.

The nuisance order alleges Club La Granja was a den of crime when the district attorney shut it down in 2011. It says that the problems were not fixed after they were allowed to reopen, so the club was shut down a second time.

"The petition that was enforced over the past weekend alleges certain things and indicates there are videos of certain things. We have asked to see the videos immediately," said Club La Granja's defense attorney Ted Hansom.

More specifically, undercover detectives say they saw a woman in a French maid outfit pole dancing. They said another employee told them, "No one has bought her any beer". Beer is reportedly the code word for prostitution.

"They allege there's a pole for dancers. There hasn't been a pole for dancers in there for quite some time," said Hansom.

In some cases, the undercover detectives say they witnessed notorious Serenos gang members carrying out what appeared to be drug sales. In one case, a detective bought a baggie of white powder that tested negative for drugs.

The district attorney also blames the nuisance closure on several shootings, robberies, and assaults that happened inside and outside of the club on Summer Avenue.

Investigators have video of the crimes, but Hansom says his clients have made recordings of their own.

"We have agreed today to give us access to the club to download that video," said Hansom, who will review what police say they have recorded and will retrieve video his client claims to have.

Action News 5 requested copies of those videos but the court is not able to release them.

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