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Synthetic drug dealer files appeal

Jim Carlson, owner of Last Place On Earth, a head shop that openly sold synthetic drugs, holds a bag of "No Name" synthetic drugs in his store in Duluth, Minn. Carlson is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Prosecutors are seeking a 20-year sentence against Carlson, who was convicted on 51 felony counts last October. (AP Photo/Paul M. Walsh,File)

Jim Carlson, owner of Last Place On Earth, holds a bag of synthetic drugs in his store in Duluth, Minn., recently. Carlson is appealing his 17-year sentence in prison. (AP File Photo/Paul M. Walsh)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A business owner sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for selling synthetic drugs at a northeastern Minnesota store is appealing his case.

James Carlson has hired attorney Mark Nyvold to argue his appeal. The 57-year-old Superior man was convicted of 51 counts related to selling millions of dollars in synthetic drugs from his Duluth, Minn., store, Last Place on Earth. Authorities shut down the shop last summer after Carlson was given repeated warnings about the drugs.

Nyvold, of Fridley, said Tuesday a notice of appeal has been filed in U.S. District Court asking the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to review Carlson’s conviction. Nyvold says the basis of the appeal is still under review.

Carlson’s former girlfriend, Lava Marie Haugen, was sentenced to five years in prison for her role in the operation.

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