Jim Carlson's son allegedly sold bath salt used in recent overdose to an undercover agent
Carlson's mugshot as he was booked into jail last Friday.
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Duluth officials regard The Last Place on Earth as a scourge on downtown and have been open about their desire to shut it down for some time. They got a perfect opportunity to do so when Jim Carlson's son allegedly sold an illegal bath salt to an undercover agent early last month.
According to a criminal complaint, Carlson's son, Joseph Gellerman, sold Riptipe, a purported bath salt that was found on a recent Duluth-area overdose victim, to an undercover member of the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force on March 5. The sealed silver baggies the agent purchased were then sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, where they were determined to contain an illegal stimulant that is a Schedule 1 controlled substance under Minnesota law.
Undercover agents returned four more times last month and purchased substances (including Everest) that were also determined to be illegal.
Carlson was arrested last Friday, just three days before he planned to begin closing his store at 11 p.m. -- two hours later than the standard 9 p.m. closing time. Now, Last Place on Earth is shuttered while Carlson remains in jail pending $480,000 bail.
For perspective on how Duluth and St. Louis County officials regard Last Place on Earth and the products it sells, consider that both Mayor Don Ness and St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin recently characterized substances like Riptide and Everest as "poisons" infecting downtown.
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