17 East Nightclub locked down

By Brandi Bailey

April 18, 2014 Updated Apr 18, 2014 at 7:27 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The 17 East Nightclub on Clinton Street in the City of Binghamton is officially locked down by the City and the Binghamton Police Department.

This is after a long- term investigation into gang related crimes that resulted in indictments.

The locks were changed and windows and doors were boarded up.

17 East is known as the headquarters for drug, gang, and other criminal activities.

After working with the city attorney's office, both the city and police department were granted the right to lock down 17 East for the maximum time of 12 months.

According to police, Calvin Johnson was the man responsible for running the business and the criminal activity inside.

"He's a federal fugitive and the U.S. Marshalls, which we have members of that task force actively searching and trying to locate him and put him where he belongs," said Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski.

Johnson was one of 14 arrested in a raid of nine locations, which was the focus of a multi-agency drug ring investigation. The investigation began in September 2009.

Johnson was released on bail and is now a fugitive on the run.

Law enforcement has 24 hour access to the property. If the terms of the agreement are violated, 3 months will be added to the lockdown.

City of Binghamton Mayor Rich David stressed that this type of criminal activity will not be tolerated in the city and plans to use the lockdown whenever necessary.

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