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Police raided head shop owner's bank accounts, too

Duluth police say their raid at The Last Place on Earth netted 20,000 packs of what they suspect is synthetic marijuana. Meanwhile, authorities were also seizing $2.8 million from the bank accounts of the shop's owner, Jim Carlson. The raid was part of a national crackdown on suspected sellers of synthetic drugs.
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Duluth police say their raid at The Last Place on Earth netted 20,000 packs of what they suspect is synthetic marijuana. Meanwhile, authorities were also seizing $2.8 million from the bank accounts of the shop's owner, Jim Carlson. The raid was part of a national crackdown on suspected sellers of synthetic drugs.

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