Feds can seize head shop owner money at sentencing

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A judge is allowing the federal government to seize a Duluth head shop owner’s money and property once he’s sentenced for selling synthetic drugs.

U.S. District Judge David Doty signed the order Thursday in the case of Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson.

Prosecutors say Carlson was trying from his jail cell to turn titles to property in Mexico over to his girlfriend to avoid forfeiture.

Carlson is awaiting sentencing on 51 felony counts. No sentencing date has been set.

A motion was filed just after Carlson was found guilty in October to have money and property seized. The order signed by Doty would make the seizure effective upon sentencing.

Carlson’s attorney tells the Duluth News Tribune (http://bit.ly/1hCU1vt ) he will seek relief on the forfeiture order in appeals court.

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Information from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthnewstribune.com

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