Defendant in “Lake Boyz” Gang Prosecution Sentenced to Prison

Mark Francis Walker, 35, of Fort Myers, was adjudicated guilty and sentenced immediately to 10 years in prison followed by 15 years of probation for two counts of Trafficking in Heroin. Walker pled no contest as part of a plea agreement just as jury selection was about to get underway for his trial today. Walker is part of the Lake Boyz gang as identified by evidence in the case against the group.

Walker was taken into custody on a warrant following a traffic stop in January 2018. Walker was identified after a package from Arizona was sent through Federal Express to be delivered to an address in Fort Myers. No one accepted the package and it was sent back to Fed Ex. Workers at Fed Ex checked the addresses on the package and found that both were fictitious names so they contacted the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies brought in a drug dog to inspect the package and the dog hit on the package identifying that drugs were inside. The box was opened and black tar heroin was found so an investigation began.

The evidence showed that this defendant was the primary supplier of heroin that was brought into the Lake Boyz gang for sale throughout Lee County. The specific drug is one narcotics detectives with the FBI Safe Streets Task Force say is a rare drug to be seen in Southwest Florida. The task force is comprised of members of the FBI, Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Fort Myers Police Department.

“The State Attorney’s Office, Fort Myers Police Department and our other partners in law enforcement have worked diligently together to stop gang violence in the city of Fort Myers. We will continue to be relentless in the pursuit of these prosecutions in an effort to stop the violence,” said State Attorney Amira Fox.

There remains 13 Lake Boyz defendants pending prosecution. Assistant State Attorney Leena
Marcos and Specially Appointed Assistant State Attorney Bob Lee prosecuted the case.

Samantha Syoen
Communications Director
State Attorney’s Office