Last Place Owner Jim Carlson Taken Into Custody (With Exclusive Video)

By KBJR News 1

March 29, 2013 Updated Oct 27, 2013 at 1:38 AM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Last Place on Earth owner, 55-year-old Jim Carlson and 33-year-old Joseph Gellerman, Carlson's son, have been arrested following a raid on the downtown head shop.

This action by Duluth Police and the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force is the most recent action to combat synthetic drug use.

Both Carlson and Gellerman were arrested on probable cause based on sales of, what police say are, illegal controlled substances to undercover police officers.

The two have been transported to the St. Louis County Jail and are facing three counts of 4th Degree Sale of a Controlled Substance.

Police say the case is still under investigation.

Carlson claimed innocence, even while being put into the squad saying, "The Nazis got me again," and "It's legal."

Carlson has repeatedly denied selling so called "bath salts" to the public, but Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsey says that is exactly what authorities recovered during their investigation.

Ramsey says that while this operation will slow down Carlson's business, the past speaks loudly to Carlson's persistence.

"I'm not aware of anybody else that's been arrested on a 51-count federal indictment, that comes right back around the corner and opens back up for business," said Ramsey, addressing the media after the raid. "Most people realize they are in hot water and they don't want anything to do with this anymore. And that just hasn't happened in this case."

Carlson's business has been raided twice for synthetic drugs before Friday.

St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin says it's likely Carlson and Gellerman will be formally charged next week.

Written for the web by Zach Vavricka
zvavricka@kbjr.com

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