An ongoing investigation by Clackamas County Sheriffs Office deputies revealed Tuesday a large cache of illegal drugs in a Milwaukie storage locker tied to a former CCSO lieutenant arrested last week in Chicago.
Now under investigation for drug trafficking, William Floyd Marsh, Jr., 56, was demoted in 2001 after an outside investigation found that he had sexual relations with female subordinates at Clackamas County Jail. Members of the Clackamas County Interagency Task Force served a warrant on the contents of a storage locker tied to Marsh on the morning of Feb 18. They found 6.3 pounds of methamphetamine, 2.4 pounds of heroin and 5.7 ounces of cocaine there, and they also searched his residence and shop in Creswell, Ore., a town south of Eugene where he retired from CCSO six years ago.
CCSO launched its investigation after Marsh was arrested in Chicago by the Kane County Sheriffs Office on Feb. 14.
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 bail on charges of armed violence, cannabis trafficking, money laundering and possession/delivery of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis.
Marshs next court appearance is set for Friday, Feb. 21, in Room 211 at the Kane County Adult Justice Center.
Locally, CCSO arrested possible Marsh accomplice, Gerald Matthew Wiese, 46, on Feb. 18, in connection with the storage locker. Wiese is currently lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on $250,000 bail facing charges of first-degree burglary, and delivery of a controlled substance (cocaine/heroin/meth).
In announcing the arrest of Marsh in Chicago, Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez noted that Marsh had identified himself as a former CCSO 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.
Regarding Marshs connection to the CCSO, Sheriff Craig Roberts had a prepared statement:
Everyone here at the sheriffs 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 Sheriffs 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 Sheriffs Office in Illinois.
CCSO said it wouldnt reveal further details Thursday regarding this ongoing investigation.