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Forum News Service, Published May 08 2013

More charges in Minnesota synthetic drug case

DULUTH, Minn. - Jim Carlson, owner of the Last Place on Earth, and his employee-son, Joseph Gellerman, were in court Wednesday to challenge evidence against them, when the prosecutor informed the judge that amended complaints have been filed charging the pair with more synthetic drug crimes.

Carlson is free on $450,000 bail. Gellerman is free on $150,000 bail. Both men declined to comment outside the courtroom after the hearing.

Carlson, 56, of Superior, Wis., and Gellerman, 34, of Duluth, each were charged last month with four counts of the sale of a Schedule I controlled substance in the fourth degree. The charges resulted from five alleged sales of a controlled stimulant to undercover law enforcement officers.

The amended complaints filed by the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office charge Carlson with five more controlled-substance crimes and Gellerman with three more, apparently linked to a search warrant executed by the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force at the Superior Street store on March 29.