- Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A Columbia man has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from the sale of synthetic marijuana.

The office of the U.S. attorney for the western District of Missouri said in a release that 47-year-old Kevin Bay admitted to his role in a conspiracy to distribute more than $2 million of synthetic marijuana, also known as K2.

He pleaded guilty to participating in the drug-trafficking conspiracy and to participating in a money-laundering conspiracy.

The office says Bay was the owner of a Columbia store called Bocomo Bay and admitted that he conspired to sell K2 from 2011 to 2013. K2 is a mixture of plant material combined with a synthetic chemical compound similar to THC, an ingredient in marijuana.

He faces up to 40 years in prison without parole.

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