Hobe Sound: Morphine trafficking house shut down; guns and ammunition hidden in furniture


53-year old Mark Grant Walker was arrested and charged with trafficking in morphine. (Source: MCSO)

Martin County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Detectives have shut down a suspected morphine trafficking house, finding enough of the substance to earn the 53-year old suspect, a 15-year minimum mandatory prison sentence.

Detectives executed a search warrant at 8413 SE Sandy Lane in Hobe Sound last night. Inside they found a substantial amount of morphine, including 17.9 grams of morphine pills, which is well above the trafficking threshold of 4 grams. They also found five capsules of MDMA (Ecstasy), and 3.5 grams of Burphrenorphine.

53-year old Mark Grant Walker was arrested and charged with trafficking in morphine. Walker told detectives he is a two time convicted felon, however, detectives have only been able to confirm arrests, not convictions. He was currently out on bond on a prior drug charge.

During the search, narcotics investigators located a number of guns and ammunition hidden in furniture throughout the house. Four semi-automatic handguns, three revolvers, and one pistol-grip only shotgun, along with a Kalashnikov (AK-Pattern) rifle was removed and secured pending further investigation into this case. Many of the weapons were loaded, or had ammunition within reach. Detectives also recovered more than 1000 rounds of ammunition. Walker was taken to the Martin County Jail on a $110,000.00 bond.

This latest arrest is part of MCSOs on-going crackdown targeting those trafficking and purchasing dangerous and addictive narcotics in our community.

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