Last Place On Earth Owner Files Response to Nuisance Claim

By KBJR News 1

Last Place On Earth Owner Files Response to Nuisance Claim

November 4, 2012 Updated Nov 5, 2012 at 6:27 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The owner of Duluth's controversial head shop Last Place on Earth will be allowed to see the results of chemical tests on products seized in the raid at his store over a year ago.

The results would be confidential.

Carlson says that when the court sends them the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension test results, he and his lawyer Randall Tigue would have to keep them to themselves, or face consequences like an arrest.

This all stems from the raid in September of 2011 when authorizes seized over 80,000 dollars in cash, 28 guns, and synthetic drugs from Last Place on Earth.

Carlson's attorney had requested the results from tests done on the synthetic drugs seized, hoping to prove the raid was unconstitutional, and Judge Shaun Floerke has agreed to release them.

In a letter Friday, Floerke said he will disclose the tests, but Carlson says he already knows what they will say.

"It's been 14 months; this thing has dragged on forever. To not charge me with a crime, to take my cell phone and my computer, and not charge me with any crime is just not American," said Carlson, outside his shop on Monday.

Federal Agents also raided Carlson's shop in July, resulting in the confiscation of more synthetic drugs, over three-million dollars and Carlson's vehicles.

He has not been charged in connection with that raid either.

Carlson's battle with the city in court starts again this week.

The city filed a notice of nuisance, requiring the response of last place to correct a list of grievances including panhandling and the unlawful sale of synthetic drugs.

Carlson did not respond, and the city filed an injunction, which will be in court Friday.

The Duluth Chamber of Commerce plans on filling the courtroom in a symbolic gesture of solidarity, standing together to protest the store.

Carlson also plans on doing the same thing with his customers, protesting the action by the chamber.