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Feds seek permission to take over Last Place on Earth building

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The U.S. Attorney's office is asking a court for permission to seize many of the assets of Jim Carlson, including the building that housed his notorious Duluth head shop, Last Place on Earth.

His lawyer, Randall Tigue, tells the News Tribune Carlson has ten-days to respond to the feds' request.

The petition to take over the downtown building on Superior Street comes after a jury convicted Carlson on more than fifty counts related to sales of illegal synthetic drugs at Last Place on Earth.

The city of Duluth shut down the shop after declaring it a public nuisance, a ruling that was upheld by the state court of appeals just before Carlson's federal trial began last month.

The owner of a neighboring business tells the News Tribune property values on the block have suffered because of the clientele attracted to Carlson's shop. Mark Fredrickson tells the newspaper if Carlson is forced to give up control of the building, he and other business owners on the block will be more willing to invest in improvements to their properties.

Northland's News Center reported last week that Tigue plans to seek a new trial for Carlson, based on remarks by a juror. Tigue says if the juror's account of the deliberations is accurate, the panel should have convicted Carlson of far fewer than fifty-one counts.

Tigue tells the station a sentencing hearing for Carlson is at least a few weeks away.

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