When former Kentucky safety Marcus Walker was arrested at 4:40 a.m. on May 24 in Lexington on drug trafficking charges, police found $430 in cash in his pockets. After a search, $70,312 was found in a bag by a closet and another $25,000 was found in a box in the top-floor bedroom of a townhome he shared.
The more than $95,000 in cash belonged to Walker, according to a property and evidence record obtained by SEC Country.
During the search, police found 52.86 grams of suspected powder cocaine in a kitchen cabinet along with digital scales and packaging material. More than 5 pounds of marijuana was found throughout the house — in a water heater closet, a counter next to the stove, under a bed and in a backpack.
Walker, 21, was arrested and booked into the Fayette County Detention Center on charges of trafficking marijuana and cocaine. His roommate, Tavon Wells, faces the same charges. Walker was released on bond the next day.
Walker, from Lake Wales, Fla., was dismissed by Kentucky coach Mark Stoops less than a week after his arrest. He recorded 5 tackles in 12 games last season, contributing mostly on special teams.
Police were initially dispatched to the home at 11:04 p.m. on May 23 in response to a reported disorder, according to an affidavit for a warrant to search the townhome. A dispatcher heard a woman say she had been hit by a male subject, and the front window of the townhome had been broken, the affidavit said. It’s not clear from the report who was involved, but Walker opened the door when officers arrived and said that Wells and his girlfriend had left the residence after an argument.
“Inside the door, the living room was in a state of disarray with all the furniture and television strewn across the floor along with marijuana, cash, and blood,” the affidavit said.
One officer observed three clear bags in plain view, “approximately the size of a soccer ball full of marijuana.”
Outside, several $20 bills and baggies of marijuana were lying on the ground in front of the residence, according to the report.
Walker’s next court date is scheduled for June 20.
He is the second Kentucky player in the last three years to be arrested on drug trafficking charges. Former Wildcats linebacker Jason Hatcher was dismissed from the team in February 2016 after a marijuana trafficking charge. Hatcher was arrested at a traffic stop when police found a pound of marijuana in his vehicle.