A Garberville man found with more than 100 weapons hidden in a cave on his rural property that was littered with stolen property ranging from chainsaws to tractors, was sentenced to seven years and eight months in state prison on Thursday.
Earlier this month, Ryan Floyd, 30, pleaded guilty under a deal with prosecutors to possession of a firearm by a felon - Floyd was convicted of first degree burglary in 2003, according to court records - and nine other felony counts, including possession of marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin for sale, as well as evading a peace officer and receiving stolen property. A $15,000 asset forfeiture was also part of the deal.
”Despite the large amount of stolen property, it is difficult to get a long prison sentence for just possession of stolen property, so seven years, eight months is pretty good,” Humboldt County deputy district attorney Elan Firpo said.
Due to the firearms connection, the case may be picked up by federal prosecutors, Firpo added.
Defense attorney Neal Sanders declined to comment on the sentence, but said that Floyd will initially be sent to San Quentin State Prison for three to six months while authorities decide which prison he will serve his time in.
Under the agreement reached with prosecutors, the district attorney's office dropped five additional counts of possession of stolen property, possession of ecstasy for sale, possession of concentrated cannabis for sale, possession of a billyjack and four counts of possession of ammunition, but reserved them so that the court retains jurisdiction to order restitution for the victims.
Floyd was arrested in February after allegedly leading Humboldt County sheriff's office deputies on a chase along rural roads in a stolen vehicle.
After multiple searches of Floyd's 55-acre property, officials reported finding the stolen firearms, along with drugs, ammunition, weapons and stolen vehicles.
During the most recent search, officials recovered from a cave on the property a cache of 110 firearms that Humboldt County sheriff Mike Downey said were likely intended to be sold on the black market. At least 20 were reported stolen, and many were loaded. Another firearm was found outside the cave, bringing the total to 111.
Previous searches yielded 117 pounds of marijuana, $12,000 in cash, an ounce of suspected heroin, approximately 42 grams of hashish, six grams of suspected methamphetamine, 40 vehicles, thousands of rounds of various ammunition, scales, drug paraphernalia, 20 ballistic vests, numerous tactical holsters and empty rifle cases.
Law enforcement also found tractors, vehicles, generators, log splitters, chainsaws and stolen jewelry on Floyd's property during the series of searches.
A restitution hearing will be held at a later date to determine how much Floyd owes all of the victims. Sanders will be present on his behalf.
Anyone who believes their property was stolen should bring documentation such as receipts, serial numbers or photographs into the sheriff's office, or should call Ryan Chamberlain, sheriff's office property clerk, at 445-7251, Firpo said.