Columbia man sentenced for synthetic marijuana trafficking

1 year 9 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, August 02 2018 Aug 2, 2018 Thursday, August 02, 2018 5:20:00 PM CDT August 02, 2018 in News
By: Blake Sammann, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

KANSAS CITY - Federal prosecutors sentenced a Columbia business owner to three years in federal prison Thursday. 

47-year-old Kevin Bay, former owner of Bocomo Bay smoke shop, pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering conspiracies in 2016.   

Bay admitted in federal court that he help distribute as much as 482 kilograms of synthetic marijuana, also know as K2, from 2011 to 2013.

He said he purchased the drug, repackaged it and sold it at his business under the name "Bocomo Spice." 

Bay also said he had intended on continuing the activity by using the illegal funds.

He admitted he had transferred nearly $50,000 of the drug-trafficking proceeds between banks.

Bay has to report to prison no later that October 1.

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