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DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have seized 20,000 packets of suspected synthetic marijuana from a Duluth head shop as part of a nationwide crackdown.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says Wednesday’s raid on the Last Place on Earth also netted two assault rifles, three handguns and cash estimated at about $20,000.

Authorities also seized about $2.8 million from the store owner’s bank accounts and two vehicles.

Three customers were arrested on outstanding warrants not related to the investigation.

Close to two dozen officers participated. Police also raided the Last Place on Earth last September.

Calls left for store owner Jim Carlson and his attorney were not returned Thursday.

Nationwide, the DEA seized more than $36 million in cash and arrested 91 people in a crackdown against manufacturers, distributors and vendors of synthetic designer drugs.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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