Posted at: 07/16/2013 4:34 PM
Updated at: 07/16/2013 6:04 PM
The downtown of Aurora is a pretty quiet place, normally. But some residents said that it's been busier lately, because of traffic at Dick's Headshop.
Mayor Mary Hess met with us at city hall. "People are upset about it. I don't know if synthetic drugs are sold there, that's just what I've been told by parents who've had kids end up in the emergency room because of them."
We went and checked it out for ourselves. A photographer went in, and told the owner since Jim Carlson's store isn't selling incense, he needed some of those products. Did she have any?
Ren Padget said yes, and pulled out three different packages. He bought two packages. She told him, "Follow the directions, but what you do in your own home is your business."
So afterwards, Renee Passal went into the store. She asked Padget if she sold incense. She said she doesn't sell synthetic drugs, just air fresheners.
"I am not going to sell to the customers with the intent of them misusing the product," she explained. "The media teaches the people to misuse the product. I use it as an air freshener," Padget told us. "My products are made in the U.S.A."
She said a flood of people are not coming from Duluth. We checked out the area for about 30 minutes on Tuesday afternoon. It appeared that three local people stopped in to buy small packages of what could have been the air freshener-type product.
Jim Carlson, the owner of the Last Place on Earth, has stopped selling all synthetic drugs and incense type products. He's fighting a new city ordinance.