Posted at: 06/21/2013 2:42 PM
Updated at: 06/23/2013 4:03 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
The owner of downtown Duluth's Last Place on Earth says he will stop selling synthetic drugs if all charges against him are dropped.
Jim Carlson faces more than 60 federal and state charges, and the City of Duluth has filed two nuisance suits against his shop.
Carlson said his attorney, Randall Tigue, sent a letter to federal, state and city attorneys two weeks ago vowing to stop selling synthetic drugs if charges are dropped.
Over the phone Friday, Carlson said the city responded positively to the proposal, but City Attorney Gunnar Johnson said "he is mischaracterizing our response."
According to Johnson, the city has no control over criminal charges against Carlson or his shop, or the items seized during raids. However, Johnson said the city would drop the civil nuisance suits should the sale of synthetic drugs stop.
Carlson said federal attorney's responded to his offer saying they would drop all charges except for two which he described as mislabeling product packaging and drug dealing.
Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay posted a response on his Facebook page on Saturday, saying:
"I am opposed to any 'deal' in our effort to hold drug dealers accountable for their actions. Too much damage has been done and too many resources expended. I will ensure our prosecutors know how strongly we feel about this. Justice will prevail on my watch."