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'Last Place' Subject of Another Notice of Nuisance

By KBJR News 1

May 7, 2013 Updated May 7, 2013 at 6:10 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- The drama surrounding Duluth's downtown head shop Last Place on Earth continues.

Once again the city of Duluth has filed a notice of nuisance against 'Last Place' owner Jim Carlson, claiming the business is selling illegal and misbranded drugs.

In 2012, a similar notice was sent to Carlson from the city of Duluth. That notice of nuisance alleged Carlson was unlawfully selling synthetic drugs and claimed his customers were creating a nuisance by loitering in front on his store.

After Carlson failed to abate the nuisance, Duluth city attorneys argued in civil court that the problems created from 'Last Place' could be stopped if the store was shut down.

Subsequently, St. Louis County Judge Shawn Floerke ordered a temporary injunction, mandating that Carlson must pay to have a police presence to prevent a portion of the nuisance.

The notice of nuisance filed Tuesday alleges Carlson is selling drugs with the illegal chemical JWH and alpha PVP also known as pipe cleaner. The notice also accuses Carlson of misbranding his products.

Police Chief Gordon Ramsay applauds the city's continued effort to battle this problem.

"I think this just shows the continued effort in the different angles we are dealing with this nuisance and the problem that we're facing," said Ramsay.

City attorney Gunnar Johnson says the nuisance outlined in the complaint needs to be abated in 30 days, or a lawsuit could be filed against Carlson.

Carlson says he doesn't sell any of the products listed in the nuisance notice. He also says this action shows the continued harassment against him and his store by the city of Duluth.

Zach Vavricka

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