Jim Carlson Charged with Four Felony Drug Counts

By KBJR News 1

April 1, 2013 Updated Oct 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Following a search of his shop last week, Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson, 55, has been charged with four counts of 4th Degree Sale of a Controlled Substance.

Both Carlson and his son Joseph Gellerman, 34, are accused of selling an illegal synthetic stimulant--known as bath salts or pipe cleaner--to undercover police officers, four times in March.

Last Friday, police raided the controversial head shop and arrested both Carlson and Gellerman for alleged sales of illegal controlled substances to undercover officers.

Gellerman is charged with the same crimes as his father.

Randall Tigue, Carlson's attorney says he'll attempt to dismiss the charges against his client.

"We're going to get him out of jail and we're going to get the court to dismiss this bogus complaint they issued against him, " said Tigue, after speaking with Carlson Monday. "They failed to allege sufficient facts to constitute a crime in Minnesota law. They found water pipe cleaner, which they claim constitutes a controlled substance."

In court Monday, assistant St. Louis County Jonathan Holets requested bail be set at $480,000 because that's how much, in gross sales, Carlson's makes at Last Place in one month.

Judge Sally Tarnowski set the bail at $450,00 with no conditions. However there is an option for a $100,000 bail if Carlson agrees to stop selling, possessing, and using synthetic drugs.

Gellerman's bail was set at $150,000 dollars with no conditions, or $50,000 with the same conditions as his father

Tigue says Carlson has the ability to get out eventually, but he wouldn't say exactly when.

Written for the web by Zach Vavricka