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Columbia smoke shop owner sentenced in synthetic pot case

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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,