A south Forsyth man charged for a variety of drug trafficking charges after nearly 40 pounds of marijuana, drug-laced gummy bears, cash, guns and other narcotics were found in his home in 2017 has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to time in prison.
On Wednesday, Christopher Alan Walker, 34, of Cumming appeared in the Superior Criminal Court of Forsyth County before Judge David L. Dickenson and entered a guilty plea to the sale of cocaine, trafficking in marijuana, possession of THC with intent to distribute and possession of drug-related objects, according to prosecuting attorney James Dunn.
Dunn said that Walker has been sentenced to seven years in prison and eight years of probation.
Walker was arrested Oct. 3 after detectives executed a search warrant on the south Forsyth home, according to Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.
“The narcotics unit recovered from the home oxycodone, amphetamine, 38.99 pounds of marijuana, large amounts of THC oil know as ‘wax’ or ‘dabs,’ $63,440 in cash, three assault rifles and two handguns,” Rainwater said to the FCN. “Disturbingly, we also recovered several bags of suspected drug-laced gummy bears found alongside children’s treats in the refrigerator.”
In addition to a prison sentence, Walker was denied first offender status by Dickenson due to the serious nature of his crimes and how long he had been breaking the law, according to Dunn.
“He had been doing this for a long time,” Dunn said.
Walker originally had 12 charges against him, but two charges for possession of a schedule II substance were dismissed by Dickinson in December 2017, and five more charges, including possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of amphetamine and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, were dismissed as part of Walker’s plea deal.
First offender status allows someone who is accused of a felony and has no prior felony convictions to make a guilty plea and have the charge “sealed from [their] official criminal history” at the completion of their sentence and probation, according to information from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Dunn said that they were pleased with the outcome of the plea and the sentencing by Dickinson.
Walker’s attorney Rafe Banks III could not be reached for comment as of press time.