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Appeals could upholds head shop injunctions

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld the injunctions that shut down a Duluth head shop that openly sold synthetic drugs.

In an opinion Monday, a three-judge appeals panel said a lower court's permanent injunctions against the Last Place on Earth were justified.

The judges noted that a temporary restraining order that closed the store in July 2013 led to an "immediate and drastic decrease'' in police calls, emergency room visits and other problems due to synthetic drugs.

The district court later issued permanent injunctions keeping the store closed.

The store's owner, James Carlson, was convicted last October on 51 felony counts stemming from his synthetic drug business. Carlson remains in jail, and authorities have seized his assets. His sentencing date has not been set.

Carlson plans to appeal.

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