A Duluth Shop Owner and his son are facing serious drug charges. They have been charged with allegedly selling Schedule 1 Stimulant Controlled Substances in a sting that involved undercover officers, according to the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office.
Joseph Gellerman, 34, and James Robert Carlson, 55, and both of Superior, Minnesota have been charged with four counts each of fourth-degree sale of a Schedule I, II, or III controlled substance.
According to the criminal complaint, authorities began an investigation into the store called Last Place on Earth in response to a suspected drug overdose that resulted from bath salts called Riptide. Investigators were working to determine if Riptide was being sold at the main shop, which Carlson owns.
The undercover officers entered the store a number of times and purchased Riptide and another substance called Everest, which were both determined to be Schedule 1 controlled substances.
Bath sales are a relatively new drug on the market. At first, it was not known the effects, but it has been found that the substance, also referred to as “pipe cleaner” can be as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than other illegal drugs on the market.
Because of cooperation from the community, authorities were able to once again take down dealers of the deadly poisons, which has been touted to have some measure of victor and justice. Many of the individuals these drugs have been peddled to are vulnerable to addiction and the results can be deadly.
The prosecutor in the case will be Assistant County Attorney Jon Holets.