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Columbia Missourian

Guns, drugs seized from smoke shop owner's home

By Connie McCollom
August 29, 2011 | 9:31 p.m. CDT
Kevin Bay of Columbia was arrested Monday morning at his residence on Old Plank Road after the Boone County Sheriff Department seized about 100 firearms and a large amount of illegal drugs. Bay had an outstanding warrant in Stoddard County, where he was charged with the sale of synthetic cannibinoid.

COLUMBIA — About 100 firearms, several hundred thousand dollars and a large amount of illegal drugs were seized Monday morning by the Boone County Sheriff's Department, a detective said.

The seizure came after the department searched the home of Kevin Bay, 47,who owns BoCoMo Bay, a smoke shop on Wilkes Boulevard in Columbia.

Detective Tom O’Sullivan said the department searched Bay’s house at 400 E. Old Plank Road at the request of the Stoddard County Sheriff's Department and that county's prosecuting attorney.

Bay had an outstanding warrant in Stoddard County, where he was charged with the sale of synthetic cannibinoid, O'Sullivan said. Bay's bond was set at $250,000, cash only, O'Sullivan said. 

According to a previous Missourian report, drugs such as marijuana and its synthetic counterpart, K2, are part of a class of compounds called cannibinoids.

A new state law went into effect Sunday that bans the sale and possession of these drugs.

Bay's shop was also searched Monday, but O'Sullivan didn't know if anything was seized there.

Another man was found with Bay at his home during the search but he hasn't been arrested, O'Sullivan said.