A grand jury returns a laundry list of federal drug and money laundering charges against the bosses of Columbia’s Bocomo Bay store.
Kevin Bay, 44, and John Hawkins, 61, of Columbia surrendered to authorities Thursday morning, and made an initial court appearance. They both pleaded not guilty, and are out on bond.
Prosecutors claim the pair conspired to sell illegal synthetic pot since at least 2011. They also say Bay and Hawkins laundered money to hide the sales. Federal agents raided Bay’s house on Old Plank Road in August 2011, and found about 100 guns, synthetic pot, gold, and over $600,000 in cash.
The two men face decades in prison if convicted.
Authorities have also gotten indictments against people from four businesses that allegedly were part of the conspiracy to distribute synthetic marijuana, also known as K2.
Those accused include three Columbia siblings, Matthew Hawkins, Patrick Hawkins, and Molly Jane Carmichael. The others indicted by a grand jury are Alexander McMillin of Columbia, Thomas McCormack of Jefferson City, Kent Holtz of Kaiser, Chadwick Schlicht of Osage Beach, Scott Hanson of Versailles, and Charles Austin of Saint Charles. The businesses involved are Dynamic Scents and Order Refill of Columbia, Puff N Stuff in Eldon, and Mozark Products of Jefferson City.
McMillin, the Hawkins brothers, Carmichael, and Austin are also accused of money laundering starting in December 2011. The charges came down earlier this month, but we just learned about them from the U.S. Attorney’s Office Friday because of the partial federal government shutdown.
The accusations are a lot like the ones against the bosses of Columbia’s Bocomo Bay store, Kevin Bay and John Hawkins. The three Columbia siblings in these newer indictments are the children of John Hawkins.