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Published October 03, 2013, 08:59 AM

Minnesota synthetic drug case goes to the jury

The federal case against three defendants from northeastern Minnesota accused of selling synthetic drugs has gone to a jury.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The federal case against three defendants from northeastern Minnesota accused of selling synthetic drugs has gone to a jury.

Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson, his girlfriend Lava Haugen and his son, Joseph Gellerman, are charged with illegally selling banned drugs at Carlson's Duluth store. The jury deliberated an hour Wednesday before recessing for the night.

Federal Judge David Doty and attorneys discussed jury instructions Tuesday. The Duluth News Tribune says the judge has expressed frustration with prosecutors about the unusually long indictment. Doty calls the case overcomplicated and says it might be difficult for jurors to deal with all the charges.

Carlson is charged with 55 federal crimes. Haugen and Gellerman face four counts each. All three opted not to take the stand in their own defense.


Information from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthnewstribune.com

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