UPDATE: Raid of Columbia Businessman's Home Ends in Arrest
COLUMBIA - Following a raid Monday at a a local business, Boone County Sheriff's deputies raided the home of the business owner, taking approximately 100 firearms, several hundred thousand dollars in cash and a large amount of substances believed to be synthetic marijuana.
Kevin E. Bay, 47, of 400 E. Old Plank Road, is being held at Boone County Jail on an outstanding warrant, and his bond has been set at $250,000 cash only.
Bay operates BoCoMo Bay, 1122 Wilkes Blvd., which Columbia Police raided at 8:30 Monday morning. Police said they raided that location in a search for "K3," a synthetic form of marijuana. which became illegal under a new state law Sunday. A Columbia Police spokesperson said that the drug can lead to violence, wide ranges of odd behavior, and serious health issues. The drug became more prominent in the past few years and legislators moved this year to ban it.
Prosecutor Russ Oliver from Stoddard County in southeast Missouri came with police in the Monday raid. Oliver said the raid is part of a case that originated in his county.
Boone County sheriff's deputies, Columbia Police, Drug Enforcement Administration agents, and officials from the Missouri Department of Revenue were involved in the searches.
Additional charges against Bay and another man at Bay's residence at the time of the warrant are possible.