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updated: 2/21/2014 6:30 PM

Police link more drugs to retired deputy arrested in Kane County

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  • William Floyd Marsh Jr.

    William Floyd Marsh Jr.


Authorities investigating a retired sheriff's detective from Oregon, who was arrested last week in Kane County on drug trafficking charges, said they've tied a stash of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine in a Milwaukee storage locker to the man.

William Floyd Marsh Jr., 56, of Creswell, Ore., was arrested Feb. 14 after a Kane County sheriff's deputy made a traffic stop for speeding in a construction zone along Interstate 90 near Route 47 in Hampshire Township.

Marsh was charged with marijuana trafficking, delivery of more than 5,000 grams of marijuana, armed violence and money laundering after $80,000 was found in a toolbox in his car, along with two guns.

After Marsh's arrest last week, police also seized 55 pounds of high-grade marijuana worth $750,000 from Chicago-area storage lockers, along with nearly $2,200.

Members of the Clackamas County Interagency Task Force seized 6.3 pounds of methamphetamine, 2.4 pounds of heroin, and 5.7 ounces of cocaine from a Milwaukee-area storage locker on Tuesday, authorities said.

"Everyone here at the sheriff's office was deeply disappointed by the news that a former employee of this organization made the choice to violate the laws that all of us are sworn to uphold," Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said in a prepared statement. "This is an especially bitter blow because the Clackamas County sheriff's office has made the fight against illegal drugs a top priority in our community."

Marsh, who retired from the department about six years ago, was being held at the Kane County jail on $15 million bail. He appeared briefly in court Friday and is due back before a judge Feb. 28.

A second man also has been charged by Clackamas County authorities in connection with Milwaukee storage locker search. Gerald M. Wiese, 47, was being held at the Clackamas County jail and faces several drug-related felonies.

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