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Retired Oregon deputy charged in Kane County with drug, weapons violations

William Floyd Marsh Jr. | Supplied phofrom Kane County Sheriff's Department

William Floyd Marsh, Jr. | Supplied photo from Kane County Sheriff's Department

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Updated: March 17, 2014 11:39AM

Kane County Sheriff’s Police seized a large amount of cash, high grade marijuana and two handguns after they made a traffic stop on a truck being driven by a retired sheriff’s deputy from Oregon.

William Floyd Marsh Jr., 56, of Creswell, Ore., was being held in the Kane Count Jail in lieu of $1.5 million bail on Class X felony charges of armed violence, cannabis trafficking and delivery of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis; plus a Class 1 felony of possession of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis and a Class 2 felony of money laundering.

Sheriff’s police said a 2007 Dodge Ram pickup truck being driven by Marsh on I-90 near Route 47 was stopped late Thursday morning for speeding in a construction zone.

During the stop, Marsh told officers he was a retired sheriff’s deputy with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon. He also informed the deputies that he was armed.

As deputies were talking to him, “they developed some suspicion that he may be involved in narcotics trafficking,” a release from the Kane County Sheriff’s Department said.

Deputies discovered that he had a handgun on his person and another one in the car. They also located $80,000 in cash hidden in toolboxes in the bed of the truck, the release said.

As they continued to investigate Marsh, the release said, officers learned that there could be drugs in storage units in Palatine and Chicago. Deputies obtained search warrants for storage lockers located at 143 E. Lake Cook Road in Palatine and another at 2835 N. Western Ave. in Chicago. Between the two storage lockers they seized approximately 55 pounds of high-grade cannabis with an estimated street value of approximately $750,000. They also located another $2,185 in cash, the release said.

Marsh is scheduled to appear in Kane County court Feb. 21 on the charges.

“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,” Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez said in the release.

Perez also complimented department detectives “for continuing to look into a situation, where things just did not add up, even though the person they were dealing with thought he could hide behind the protection of a badge.”

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