Duluth head shop owner indicted on federal charges

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The owner of a Duluth head shop and three employees have been charged in a 54-count indictment that alleges they violated federal drug and regulatory laws.

The indictment charging 55-year-old Jim Carlson and three others was unsealed Tuesday. Carlson, of Superior, Wis., is owner of Last Place on Earth in Duluth.

The indictment says that from March 2010 through this September, Carlson and his employees conspired to obtain and sell items falsely labeled as incense, potpourri and bath salts. The U.S. Attorney's Office says those items were actually synthetic drugs.

The indictment alleges that despite false labeling, the items were meant for human consumption. Authorities say the drugs were ordered from California, Arizona, Wisconsin, Florida and Pennsylvania.

Randy Tigue, an attorney for Carlson, said his client will plead innocent.

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