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More than 52 grams of cocaine, $98,000 found in ex-Kentucky football player's home

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 6/14/2018 Jon Hale

A Kentucky Wildcats helmet is seen during the game against the Missouri Tigers at Commonwealth Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. © Michael Hickey/Getty Images A Kentucky Wildcats helmet is seen during the game against the Missouri Tigers at Commonwealth Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. LEXINGTON, Ky. — Police found more than $98,000 and 52 grams of cocaine in the townhome where former Kentucky football player Marcus Walker was arrested in May, according to court records.

Walker, who was dismissed from the football team following his arrest, and his roommate, Tavon Wells, were both charged with trafficking at least 5 pounds of marijuana and 4 grams of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police were dispatched to the apartment on Unity Drive in Lexington just after 11 p.m. on May 23 after a report of a “disorder involving a male and female.” Dispatchers could hear the woman saying she had been hit by the male subject.

The officers arrived to find a window had been broken and glass was lying on the outside of the unit. Walker, 21, answered the door and told the officers Wells, 23, and his girlfriend had just left the apartment after an argument. Walker allowed the officers to enter the apartment to check if there were any other victims needing medical attention.

Police said they found the apartment in a “state of disarray” with furniture and a television strewn across the floor along with marijuana, cash and blood.

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Three clear bags “approximately the size of a soccer ball” were found in a utility closet off the living room. An AR-15 rifle belonging to Wells was leaned against a wall in a second-story bedroom.

After obtaining a search warrant for the townhome, officers discovered approximately 52.86 grams of “suspected powder cocaine” in a clear plastic bag in a kitchen cabinet along with digital scales and packaging material.

Cash totaling $70,312 was found in a black bag in a utility room closet. Officers also found $25,000 in a box by a bed in a top-floor bedroom. The evidence record included in the court documents listed all of that money as belonging to Walker in addition to $430 in his pocket. The record lists $2,479 found in a middle-floor bedroom as belonging to Wells.

A native of Lake Wales, Florida, Walker played in 12 of UK's 13 games as a sophomore last season, mostly on special teams. The reserve safety recorded five tackles in 2017.

Wells was previously found guilty of marijuana trafficking. It was Walker’s first arrest.

UK announced on May 29 Walker had been dismissed from the team and UK coach Mark Stoops would have no additional comment.

Contact Jon Hale at jahale@courier-journal.com or on Twitter at @JonHale_CJ.

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