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Last Place on Earth Back Open, What Police Took

By KBJR News 1

September 21, 2011 Updated Nov 1, 2013 at 4:26 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The Last Place on Earth was shutdown, but only for a few hours.

The Duluth Police Department executed a search warrant at the store shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday. The store is located at 120 E Superior Street.

The search warrant is a part of an on-going investigation into the sale of illegal synthetic marijuana.

Boxes and packing peanuts littered the store, the remnants of a police search.

"Took all of our incense. They took all our money, and they took my hunting guns," said Jim Carlson, the store's owner. Thirty-one guns, he said, to be exact.

"I got one right on me right now. They didn't get them all," said Carlson as he pulled out a small gun.

He says his phone, computer, and video of police in the store that he intended to use a lawsuit, are also in police hands.

Police are investigating a synthetic marijuana, listed under incense, after chemicals found in the product were banned July 1st.

The display case where the incense was now lies empty.

Carlson says he works with companies to check that banned chemicals aren't in his store.

"I think if they have it tested, every bit of it is going to come back legal," said Carlson.

Wednesday's raid kept out customers all afternoon.

"The Last Place on Earth is doing nothing wrong they're not selling anything illegal," said one upset patron.

When the store re-opened and customers filed in, many left empty-handed, after realizing the most popular product was gone.

"We've lost a ton of business, Ya know, well over, well over $10,000 a day in incense."

The owner is still fighting state and federal bans on selling synthetic products.

There is also a lawsuit pending against police. Carlson says officers are harassing his customers, inside and outside the store.

Earlier Wednesday, Carlson says there was one arrest made.

The owner said his son had sold incense to an undercover officer, and was arrested, but was released after a few, short questions from police.

Posted to the web by Jena Pike
jpike@northlandsnewscenter.com


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