Columbia graduate honored for police work


Shawn Kotsch, above, was recently honored for work that led to the break-up of a multi-state drug ring.

By Matt Schepeler

A Columbia Central High School graduate is being honored for police work that was integral in breaking up a multi-state drug ring.

Dundee Police Officer Shawn Kotsch helped break up the multi-state narcotic pill operation that involved several people, including a physician who wrote prescriptions for more than two million painkillers. Kotsch worked closely with the Drug Enforcement Agency on the case.

According to the Monroe News, federal court documents showed Joseph Roe as the head of a $13 million, three-state drug distribution operation that involved at least six others who delivered pills to parts of Michigan as well as Tennessee and Kentucky. Kotsch worked on the case for a year and a half, and it involved seven indictments. Upon receiving the award, he credited multiple agencies working together to make it all possible.

“We just pieced together the puzzle. It wouldn’t have happened without everyone working together,” he told the newspaper.

Kotsch, 27, graduated from CCHS in 2008. He went into the Army Reserves in 2009 and did a tour in Afghanistan as a military police investigator.  He came home in 2013 and did a brief stint with the Columbia Township Police Department as a part-time officer. He has been with Dundee since 2013 and recently accepted a position with the Monroe Police Department. He and his girlfriend, Alexandria Murphy, have two children, Audrie and Archer. He is the son of Keith and Lorrie Kotsch of Brooklyn.


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