Bocomo Bay Owners Indicted on $2 Million Drug Conspiracy Charges

3 years 4 months 1 week ago October 17, 2013 Oct 17, 2013 Thursday, October 17 2013 Thursday, October 17, 2013 7:51:00 PM CDT in News
By: Blair Miller, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - The owner and operators of Bocomo Bay, a Columbia smoke shop, were charged by a federal grand jury for allegedly conspiring to distribute more than $2 million of synthetic marijuana, commonly called "K2", in an indictment unsealed Thursday.

44-year-old Kevin E. Bay and 61-year-old John Hawkins, both residents of Columbia, were charged in a 21-count indictment on Oct. 2.

The indictment was made public today after the two men's initial court appearances this morning. The two surrendered to police prior to the hearing and were later released on bond.

Bay is the owner of Bocomo Bay, and he and Hawkins run the business together. The two are charged together for conspiring to commit crimes, and each face separate individual charges as well.

Among the allegations in the federal indictment are charges that the two conspired to distribute a controlled substance analogue (K2) and laundered money between March 1, 2011 and Oct. 2, 2013. They are also charged with conspiring to distribute drug paraphernalia from Nov. 1, 2008 to Oct. 2, 2013.

They are both also charged together in four more counts of distributing a controlled substance analogue, one count of possessing a controlled substance analogue with intent to distribute, and five counts of distributing drug paraphernalia.

Bay is also charged with seven counts of money laundring, and with conducting financial transactions that involved illegal drug-trafficking proceeds.

Hawkins, a previously convicted felon, faces one count of illegally possessing a firearm, after he was found with a 9mm pistol and a .22-caliber revolver in August 2011.

Perhaps the most striking part of the indictment lay in its forfeiture allegations, which would require Bay and Hawkins to re-pay the government more than $2 million, allegedly obtained from the drug trafficking and paraphernalia conspiracies.

Officers also seized more than $600,000 cash, four ounces of platinum, five ounces of palladium, 15.25 ounces of gold, up to 100 ounces of silver, 76 firearms and various ammunition from Bocomo Bay and the residence the two shared.

Among the firearms was an Uzi submachine gun and various handguns, rifles, and shotguns.

K2 and other synthetic drugs were banned in Missouri in 2011. The law took effect on August 29 of that year.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine Connelly. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

 

Related Stories

More News

Grid
List
ST. LOUIS (AP) Three people are facing charges after being arrested at a St. Louis rally in support of LGBTQ... More >>
1 hour ago February 27, 2017 Feb 27, 2017 Monday, February 27 2017 Monday, February 27, 2017 3:23:25 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Results from the Missouri Quality Initiative for Nursing Homes (MOQI), show that advanced practice registered nurses, or APRNs,... More >>
2 hours ago February 27, 2017 Feb 27, 2017 Monday, February 27 2017 Monday, February 27, 2017 1:52:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Passengers at Columbia Regional Airport (COU) will soon have more flight options. United Airlines confirmed it will... More >>
3 hours ago February 27, 2017 Feb 27, 2017 Monday, February 27 2017 Monday, February 27, 2017 1:01:00 PM CST in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - "Not enough time" is one of the most frequently-used reasons to not exercise. What if I told you... More >>
3 hours ago February 27, 2017 Feb 27, 2017 Monday, February 27 2017 Monday, February 27, 2017 12:59:00 PM CST in News
ST. JAMES (AP) — An elderly husband and wife are dead after a head-on crash in central Missouri. The... More >>
6 hours ago February 27, 2017 Feb 27, 2017 Monday, February 27 2017 Monday, February 27, 2017 9:46:22 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 32-year-old St. Louis native is a key player in President Donald Trump's White House. ... More >>
6 hours ago February 27, 2017 Feb 27, 2017 Monday, February 27 2017 Monday, February 27, 2017 9:43:50 AM CST in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police say one of the victims of a double shooting has died. ... More >>
9 hours ago February 27, 2017 Feb 27, 2017 Monday, February 27 2017 Monday, February 27, 2017 7:07:00 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Republican lawmakers continue at odds over the Real ID Act . One side of the argument seeks to... More >>
17 hours ago February 26, 2017 Feb 26, 2017 Sunday, February 26 2017 Sunday, February 26, 2017 11:30:00 PM CST in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - As President Donald Trump prepares an alternate version of a temporary travel ban on refugees and members of... More >>
22 hours ago February 26, 2017 Feb 26, 2017 Sunday, February 26 2017 Sunday, February 26, 2017 6:00:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Planned Parenthood opponents are planning a month of protests after a march that drew between 50 and 100... More >>
22 hours ago February 26, 2017 Feb 26, 2017 Sunday, February 26 2017 Sunday, February 26, 2017 5:57:00 PM CST in News
ST. CHARLES (AP) — A Missouri woman has pleaded guilty to neglect after authorities say she left her 2-year-old boy... More >>
23 hours ago February 26, 2017 Feb 26, 2017 Sunday, February 26 2017 Sunday, February 26, 2017 5:30:30 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA- Local dog boarding facilities are amping up their luxury of care for your pet. Several big city boarding... More >>
1 day ago February 26, 2017 Feb 26, 2017 Sunday, February 26 2017 Sunday, February 26, 2017 11:23:11 AM CST in News
HOUSE SPRINGS, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say they've arrested a suspect in connection with a weekend shooting death south of... More >>
1 day ago February 26, 2017 Feb 26, 2017 Sunday, February 26 2017 Sunday, February 26, 2017 9:37:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Residents of older homes in Columbia could be eligible for free water testing for lead. The My... More >>
1 day ago February 26, 2017 Feb 26, 2017 Sunday, February 26 2017 Sunday, February 26, 2017 8:58:00 AM CST in News
LACLEDE COUNTY — A man accused of assaulting and sexually abusing his 5-month-old daughter nearly eight years ago finally has... More >>
1 day ago February 25, 2017 Feb 25, 2017 Saturday, February 25 2017 Saturday, February 25, 2017 11:02:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — United Airlines flight schedules posted to its website Saturday night showed two new flights out of Columbia Regional... More >>
1 day ago February 25, 2017 Feb 25, 2017 Saturday, February 25 2017 Saturday, February 25, 2017 9:48:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., announced Saturday that his local office space will be relocated from its current... More >>
1 day ago February 25, 2017 Feb 25, 2017 Saturday, February 25 2017 Saturday, February 25, 2017 9:11:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — This weekend Missourians came together to give the Loos family a home makeover. Rhyan Loos, 7, was... More >>
1 day ago February 25, 2017 Feb 25, 2017 Saturday, February 25 2017 Saturday, February 25, 2017 7:21:00 PM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 65°
5pm 62°
6pm 59°
7pm 57°
8pm 55°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

4:30p
Jeopardy!
5:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 5
5:30p
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
4:30p
The Cleveland Show
5:00p
American Dad!
5:30p
American Dad!

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
9:00p
Taken
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Jane the Virgin
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld