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Report says Carlson could serve up to 40 years for selling synthetic drugs

DULUTH - Jim Carlson, convicted of selling synthetic drugs from his Duluth business, is facing 20 to 40 years in federal prison under the recommendation of a probation agent who conducted his presentence investigation, his attorney said Monday.

Carlson, who remains in custody following his Oct. 7 conviction on 51 counts, and defense attorney Randall Tigue have until Friday to file their objections to the recommendations. Tigue said he would seek a substantially lesser sentence.

Sentencing likely will not occur until at least July, attorneys said.

Tigue appeared on behalf of Carlson on Monday in State District Court in Duluth, where Carlson is also facing a trial on nine felony controlled substance charges. Also present was Carlson’s son, Joseph Gellerman, who faces seven felony charges.

Jim Carlson owned the Last Place on Earth shop and his son worked there.

Tigue informed the court that he recently received the federal presentence report. Tigue said the report places Carlson’s offense level at 46, resulting in an anticipated 20-40 year sentence, but said he would file his objections to that.

The judge and attorneys agreed to again postpone proceedings in the state case until federal sentencing is complete.

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