Columbia smoke shop owner sentenced in synthetic pot case

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

(File photo)

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The former owner of a Columbia smoke shop has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for the sale of synthetic marijuana.

Kevin Bay, who formerly owned Bocomo Bay, was sentenced Thursday for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Eighteen other charges were dismissed.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Bay also surrendered more than $2 million linked to his crimes.

According to the indictment, Bay and 63-year-old John Hawkins, of Columbia, a co-owner of the store, sold between 214 kilograms and 482 kilograms of K2 from 2011 to 2013.

Investigators say they also moved money around several bank accounts to conceal the scheme.

Hawkins pleaded guilty in September 2016 to conspiracy to sell misbranded drugs in interstate commerce. He was sentenced to one year in prison.
___
Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.