A federal judge on Tuesday denied a motion for a new trial or acquittal for a Duluth head shop owner and two employees convicted in a major synthetic drug case. U.S. District Judge David Doty wrote that the evidence presented at trial was “more than sufficient” to support the convictions of Jim Carlson, his girlfriend and Carlson’s son.
A federal jury in Minnesota has reached a verdict in a closely watched case involving a head shop owner accused of illegally selling synthetic drugs.
To federal prosecutors and Duluth leaders, Jim Carlson is nothing more than a drug pusher. There’s no dispute that Carlson’s head shop, the Last Place on Earth, openly sold a lot of synthetic marijuana before authorities finally shut it down in July.
The owner of a Duluth head shop and three workers have pleaded not guilty to federal charges of selling synthetic drugs that authorities say were misbranded and marketed as incense, potpourri or bath salts.
The owner of a Duluth head shop and three workers have been charged in a 54-count indictment accusing them of violating federal drug and regulatory laws.
Authorities have seized 20,000 packets of suspected synthetic marijuana from a Duluth head shop as part of a nationwide crackdown.
Police have raided a Duluth head shop that has openly sold synthetic marijuana, “bath salts” and other designer drugs, and a clerk says officers have arrested the son of the owner.