Grand Jury Investigating Last Place on Earth

By KBJR News 1

September 7, 2012 Updated Sep 7, 2012 at 6:54 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- Two letters confirm that the federal government is conducting a grand jury investigation against the controversial Duluth business Last Place on Earth.

Last Place owner Jim Carlson provided the letters to the Northland's NewsCenter, one of which was served to a former employee of Carlson's.

According to the letter, the federal government is investigating Last Place for the sale of synthetic drugs. The investigation is looking into the alleged offenses, allowing selected people to testify before the grand jury.

In the past year, the government has taken a hard stance against synthetics, passing state and federal legislation banning numerous chemicals used to make synthetic drugs and twice authorities have raided the shop.

Carlson feels he is being unfairly targeted.

"The thing that really bothers me is how 500 people in the state can be selling this product and they only go after one store," said Carlson.

Federal law requires that a grand jury is comprised of random, registered voters from a cross section of the community.

Also, 30 days have expired since the city sent Carlson a notice of nuisance, stating, under Minnesota statute that his lease could be revoked with legal action if he doesn't stop the pan handlers that hang out in front of his store.

Carlson didn't comply with the notice and says he will fight the city if they file suit.

Zach Vavricka

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