Prosecutor: Head shop owner illegally sold drugs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have opened their case against a Duluth head shop owner accused of illegally selling synthetic drugs.

A federal jury heard opening statements Tuesday in the trial of Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson.

Carlson, his girlfriend and his son are charged in a 55-count indictment with illegally selling banned synthetic drugs by allegedly “misbranding” them as herbal incense, bath salts and other names.

In his opening statement, prosecutor Surya Saxena accused the three of conspiring to circumvent federal statutes.

But the Star Tribune reports defense attorney Randall Tigue (tygh) countered that the chemical compounds the head shop sold were not banned and that Carlson obeyed the law.

Carlson’s store is currently shuttered pending the outcome of a nuisance suit brought by the city of Duluth.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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