Accused drug trafficker’s suspected accomplice charged in Oregon

Published: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

A continuing investigation into drug trafficking charges filed against a former sheriff’s deputy from Oregon has resulted in new drug charges filed in that state against his alleged accomplice, police said.

William Floyd Marsh Jr., 56, a retired deputy from Clackamas County, was arrested Feb. 13 in Kane County and 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 on $1.5 million bond in the Kane County Jail. He retired from the sheriff’s department six years ago, officials said.

A regional, multiagency drug unit led by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant Tuesday on a storage locker in Milwaukie, Ore., which they said was tied to Marsh.

The search uncovered 6.3 pounds of methamphetamine, 2.4 pounds of heroin and 5.7 ounces of cocaine. A search warrant also was served on Marsh’s residence and shop in Creswell Ore., just south of Eugene. 

The storage locker is tied to both Marsh and a suspected accomplice, Gerald Matthew Wiese, 46, who is being held in the Clackamas County Jail on $250,000 bond, police said.

“This was a combination of cooperation between us and Kane County and some very astute police work,” Clackamas County spokesman Sgt. Dan Kraus said. “One of our sheriff’s principles is to hold offenders accountable. But when they are people who are sworn to uphold the law – people here are offended by this.”

Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez praised the work done in Clackamas County.

“I commend Clackamas County in taking the next step,” Perez said. “When they found out we had Mr. Marsh in custody, they took it upon themselves to look into it to tie up any loose ends.”

Wiese was charged with delivery and possession of a controlled substance – heroin and methamphetamine – and delivery of a controlled substance, cocaine; and burglary.

“I do not know how they know each other, and it is part of an ongoing investigation,” Kraus said. “We don’t know how many more people are involved. We have a pretty significant number of people working on it.”

In a statement, the Clackamas County Interagency Task Force said in addition to its own investigation, it would provide assistance as it is able to Kane County. The task force was founded in 2006 to fight illegal drugs.

When Kane deputies stopped Marsh for speeding in a construction zone, they said they found $80,000 in cash hidden in a toolbox in his vehicle, along with two handguns. 

Serving search warrants at two Chicago-area storage lockers also linked to Marsh, deputies said they discovered 55 pounds of high-grade marijuana with a street value of approximately $750,000, as well as an additional $2,185 in cash, leading to the charges against him.

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