PORTLAND, Ore. – The investigation into former Multnomah County Commission Chairman Jeff Cogen has been slowed by allegations he used illicit drugs, sources familiar with the investigation tell KATU News.
The allegations come after Cogen admitted a nearly two-year affair with Sonia Manhas, who was a top official in the county's health department.
The Oregon Department of Justice is already looking into whether Cogen misused county funds during his affair with Manhas.
Sources tell KATU that Manhas says that Cogen regularly smoked marijuana and used cocaine.
She also alleges that he had an affair with a second woman while he was an elected official.
KATU has learned that Cogen has admitted to having smoked marijuana with Manhas a couple of times but never was under the influence while at work and never used cocaine.
And while he has admitted to having had an affair with a second woman – he has said that was 16 years ago, long before he was an elected official.
While KATU has confirmed that investigators have asked Cogen associates about drug use and the allegations from Manhas, it is not known if the questions have been asked for any reason beyond the fact that they have to pursue all leads.
Manhas stepped down shortly after her affair with Cogen became public. Cogen resigned in September.
KATU.com Staff contributed to this report.