Incense Back on the Shelves at Last Place on Earth

By KBJR News 1

July 27, 2012 Updated Jul 27, 2012 at 5:04 PM CST

Duluth, MN (Northlands Newscenter)
-- The search and seizure of incense from Jim Carlson's store, The Last Place on Earth, was part of a nationwide sweep of synthetics call "Operation Log Jam."

The federal act was aiming to strike a huge blow to the designer drug business but in Duluth, it's already back.

After Federal Agents seized 2.8 Million dollars, two cars, five firearms and 16 boxes of incense Wednesday, "Last Place on Earth" owner Jim Carlson is back in business.

"We are not selling any of the illegal ingredients so we're doing a legal product that's not against the law and that's why they don't charge me with any crime...if I was doing something illegal they should be charging me or letting me go and giving me my product back," said Last Place Owner Jim Carlson.

Carlson says "Operation Log Jam" unfairly targeted his store because there are multiple designer drug dispensers in Minnesota and "Last Place" is the only one that got busted.

"I don't think it's fair that you can't walk into one store and say they can't sell anything and others can," said Carlson.

But for the time being, "Last Place" will continue to sell their signature synthetic drug to the dismay of lawmakers, police and citizens.

"This is a counter culture here. People are here that are filling the void with drugs," said Sally Fena, who was protesting with a Cross outside of Last Place Friday.

But Carlson isn't worried about protesters, or police really but, what does have him consulting his legal team is a new federal law on the horizon.

"That we need to look at and the attorney will advise on that one," said Carlson.

Until then, Carlson says what he is selling is legit.

"I'm selling a legal product with legal ingredients and for them to come in a seize my money and my product and my vehicles and everything else is just un-American."

Carlson will be in court next week about the first incense raid of Last Place on Earth. He still hasn't been charged and his belongings still haven't been returned to him.