Two Garberville men found with drugs, firearms, body armor

Dave Brooksher

Redwood Times

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office has arrested 30-year-old Ryan Floyd, of Garberville, on a laundry list of charges involving narcotics, stolen property, and a possession of a firearm. Floyd was on probation with an outstanding felony warrant at the time of his arrest, when authorities searched his home in the 500 block of Flint Rock Road, off Wade Road, after a high-speed chase in a stolen truck.

The investigation is expected to continue for some time, but so far they've seized roughly $12,000 in cash, an ounce of heroin, 42 grams of hash, several grams of methamphetamine as well as 117 pounds of dried marijuana bud. They also found roughly half a pound of an unidentified white powdery substance that was sent off for lab-analysis after field-tests yielded no results.

"We don't know if it's a cutting agent, or some sort of illegal narcotic," says Lt. Steve Knight, with the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. "It may not be anything illegal, but it's not one of the obvious ones like cocaine."

They also found one stolen vehicle and one stolen trailer -- but there were roughly 40 vehicles on the property, which may have been used as a junkyard in previous years by Floyd's father. It may take some time to find out if any of the other vehicles have been reported stolen.

"Some of the property may have been legally obtained by his father, because he was involved in a car dismantling operation at the time," Lt. Knight says.

In addition to the drugs and vehicles, law enforcement located a .45 caliber handgun which Floyd is prohibited from possessing. At deadline, the weapon was not believed to be reported stolen, but Lt. Steve Knight with the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office said that efforts were under way to contact the rightful owner.

Floyd was also in possession of six high-capacity magazines, which are illegal under California state law, several thousand rounds of ammunition and 20 ballistic vests (body armor, which is not illegal under California state law).

"What is disconcerting is that there were a lot of gun cases with no guns in them. We don't know where they are," Lt. Knight says. "If anybody knows, we'd appreciate a phone call."

The unusually large number of ballistic vests located on Floyd's property also raise questions about their intended use.

"Obviously it's concerning to law enforcement, given his background and history. I don't know what he was going to do with the vests, just like the large quantity of ammunition he had. That's all part of the investigation, looking at what his intentions were," Knight said.

Floyd was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession for sale, cultivation, illegal possession of firearm magazines, illegal possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, illegal possession of a firearm, and violating his probation.

Garberville local Gregory Benson, 48 years old, was also arrested during the search of Floyd's property. Benson was held on charges of illegal possession of ammunition and a firearm by a prohibited person.

photo captions:

1. Ryan Floyd

2. Gregory Benson