LPOE Owner Offers Deal to Stop Selling Synthetic Drugs

By KBJR News 1

June 21, 2013 Updated Jun 21, 2013 at 5:15 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The owner of Duluth's controversial head shop Last Place on Earth has offered a deal saying that he will stop selling synthetic drugs if all criminal charges against him are dropped.

Jim Carlson's attorney Randall Tigue submitted a written letter to U.S. attorneys, state attorneys and city attorneys two weeks ago stating that Carlson will stop selling products labeled incense, potpourri, pipe cleaner, bath salts, or similar products, if all state and federal charges are dismissed.

The deal requires the dismissal with prejudice of two nuisance lawsuits filed by the city of Duluth. All of Carlson's funds and belongings seized during past raids, would be returned to him as well.

Carlson would also enter into an agreement to prevent the future sale of synthetic drugs. Within two weeks of entering into this deal, 'Last Place' would close and not reopen until all synthetic drug products are removed.

St. Louis County attorney Jonathan Holets says his office has responded to the deal, but wouldn't elaborate on the answer. City attorney Gunnar Johnson says the city would drop the nuisance lawsuits if Carlson stops selling synthetic drugs.

The federal government is also looking into the offer. Tigue says U.S. attorneys have offered to drop all charges in the 54-count indictment, except two charges relating to the sale of misbranded products and illegal drugs.

Zach Vavricka

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