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Drug unit profiles courier, seizes 55 pounds of marijuana

Published: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

A special Kane County drug interdiction unit Thursday profiled an out-of-state pickup truck speeding in a construction zone on Interstate 90 near Route 47 as a possible drug courier.

And when the unit members pulled the driver over, it led to a drug bust of 55 pounds of marijuana and the arrest of a retired sheriff’s deputy from another state, Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez said.

The Kane County Sheriff’s Special Operations Unit Deputies Sgt. Ron Hain and Detectives Justin Douglas and Terry Hoffman pulled over William Floyd Marsh Jr. 56, shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday. Marsh told them he was armed and a retired sheriff’s deputy from Clackamas County in Oregon, officials said.

Perez said it would be a safe assumption that Marsh was hoping his status as a retired law enforcement officer would be enough to let him go. 

“I don’t care if you’re a retired cop, you are going to go down like anybody else,” Perez said.

Deputies became suspicious that Marsh was involved in narcotics trafficking and found another handgun and $80,000 in cash hidden in toolboxes in the bed of the truck, officials said.

As they continued to investigate Marsh, deputies obtained search warrants for storage lockers at 143 E. Lake Cook Road in Palatine and another at 2835 N. Western Ave. in Chicago, officials said.

Between the two lockers, deputies seized about 55 pounds of high-grade marijuana with an estimated street value of about $750,000 and another $2,185 in cash.

Marsh, of the 400 block of North First Street, Creswell, Ore., was charged with armed violence, trafficking marijuana, delivery and possession of more than 5,000 grams of marijuana and money laundering, all felonies.

Marsh is being held in the Kane County Jail on $1.5 million bond, and his next court date is Feb. 21.

Marsh faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the armed violence, trafficking and delivery charges; four to 15 years in prison on the possession charge and three to seven years in prison on the money laundering charge.

Each charge also carries a fine of $25,000.

“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,” Perez said.  

Clackamas County Deputy Marcus Mendoza said Marsh retired about 10 years ago and currently has no affiliation with their department.

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