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Retired Oregon sheriff's officer faces drug trafficking charges

Published: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 7:40 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 11:49 p.m. CDT

HUNTLEY – A retired sheriff’s officer from Oregon faces multiple charges of drug trafficking after Kane County sheriff’s deputies stopped the man for speeding near Huntley and later seized 55 pounds of marijuana.

Deputies stopped a 2007 Dodge Ram pickup truck late Thursday morning for speeding in a construction zone on Interstate 90 – near Route 47 – in Hampshire Township, according to a Kane County sheriff’s news release.

The driver of the vehicle, William Floyd Marsh Jr., informed the officers he was a retired deputy from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon and said that he was armed.

Kane County sheriff’s deputies discovered he had a handgun and $80,000 stored in toolboxes on the bed of the pickup truck, the news release states.

As deputies investigated Marsh, they learned that drugs may be in storage units at facilities in Palatine and Chicago.

After obtaining search warrants, the Kane County deputies seized 55 pounds of high-grade marijuana at two storage lockers in Palatine, 143 E. Lake Cook Road, and Chicago, 2835 N. Western Ave., the news release states. The marijuana had an estimated street value of $750,000.

The 56-year-old Marsh, of the 400 block of North 1st Street in Creswell, Ore., was charged with armed violence, marijuana trafficking and delivery of more than 5,000 grams of marijuana – all Class X felonies.

Marsh also was charged with possession of more than 5,000 grams of marijuana, a Class 1 felony; and money laundering, a Class 2 felony.

Marsh’s bond was set at $1.5 million. He is due in Kane County court on Friday.

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