An ongoing investigation by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies reveals a large cache of illegal drugs in a Milwaukie storage locker tied to suspect arrested last week in Chicago.
William Floyd Marsh, Jr., a former employee of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, is currently under investigation for involvement in illegal drug trafficking. Members of the Clackamas County Interagency Task Force (CCITF) served a search warrant on the contents of a storage locker in Milwaukie tied to Marsh on the morning of February 18, 2014.
The search revealed 6.3 pounds of methamphetamine, 2.4 pounds of heroin and 5.7 ounces of cocaine. A search warrant was also served on his residence and shop in Creswell Oregon, just south of Eugene.
The CCITF, a regional, multi-agency drug unit led by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, launched its investigation after Marsh was arrested in Chicago by deputies from the Kane County Sheriff's Office on February 14, 2014, on charges related to drug trafficking.
Kane County deputies stopped Marsh for speeding in a construction zone and subsequently discovered $80,000 in cash hidden in a toolbox in his vehicle, along with two handguns. Serving search warrants at two Chicago-area storage lockers linked to Marsh, deputies discovered 55 pounds of high-grade marijuana with a street value of approximately $750,000, as well as an additional $2,185 in cash.
Marsh is currently being held on $1.5 million bond on the following charges:
* Armed Violence (Class X Felony)
* Cannabis Trafficking (Class X Felony)
* Deliver of More Than 5,000 Grams of Cannabis (Class X Felony)
* Possession of More Than 5,000 Grams of Cannabis (Class 1 Felony)
* Money Laundering (Class 2 Felony)
Marsh's next court appearance is set for February 21, 2014, in Room 211 at the Kane County Adult Justice Center.
Locally, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a possible accomplice of Marsh, Gerald Matthew Wiese age 46, on February 18, 2014, in connection with the storage locker in Milwaukie. Wiese is currently lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on $250,000 bail. He is facing the following charges:
* Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Cocaine
* Burglary in the 1st Degree
* Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Heroin
* Possession of a Controlled Substance, Heroin
* Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine
* Possession of a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine
In announcing the arrest of Marsh in Chicago, Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez noted that Marsh had identified himself as a former Clackamas County Sheriff's Office detective prior to his arrest. In response, Perez stated, "Any time an active duty or retired police officer chooses to turn their back on the laws they were sworn to uphold, they choose to no longer be law enforcement professionals but decide to become a criminal."
Marsh retired from the sheriff's office six years ago and maintains his residence in Creswell, Oregon.
Regarding Marsh's connection to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Craig Roberts stated:
"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.
"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. The Clackamas County Interagency Task Force (CCITF), which we founded in 2006, has repeatedly earned national recognition for its effectiveness in the fight against methamphetamine and other controlled substances.
"We will deploy the full force of the CCITF and all of our other resources to ensure a thorough investigation, to hold Marsh fully accountable for his actions here in Clackamas County and to provide whatever assistance we are able to our colleagues in the Kane County Sheriff's Office in Illinois."