FIREARM ARSENAL FOUND IN SO-HUM CAVE; INVESTIGATION INTO RYAN FLOYD CONTINUES
Investigation into the property of a Southern Humboldt man takes a surprise turn when an arsenal of more than 100 firearms is discovered in a cave. They were seized Tuesday morning, on Wednesday investigators are speaking out about the case surrounding 30-year-old Ryan Floyd, and why he had so many guns."We knew it was big as soon as we opened up the case,” says Sheriff’s Deputy Tony Gomes of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, "There were so many guns they were too heavy to pull out.”Deputy Gomes and a team from sheriff’s office have found 111 firearms hidden in a cave on the property."This is a long established piece of property down there..” says Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey as he displays the impressive collection.
"Oh they were being hidden yeah, they weren't in the open,” he adds. Downey’s investigators have been scouring Floyd’s 55-acre property on Flint Rock Road near Garberville for days, after Floyd was arrested for a pursuit with sheriff’s deputies in early February.“I can't think of any other reason to possess this many weapons unless you're manning a small militia,” Downey says. Some of the guns collected include Colt AR-15’s, sawed off shotguns with pistol grips, Tech Nine assault weapons… some with bayonets, and a fully automatic 42 calibur world war 2 machine gun, loaded. Downey says it’s quite a haul. He says from personal history with the property its likely Floyd was going to sell them, “So that would even garner a higher price for those who were trying to get a hold of an illegal weapon."Ryan Floyd’s arrest has him sitting in county jail without bail, but the shock from investigators about the hidden cache…"We've seen them buried... Stuff like that big never like this," Gomes says."I don't know if we've had quite this many before," Downey adds… meaning their investigation into Ryan Floyd isn’t over yet."These types of investigations they have a way of spider webbing out there may be more information that leads us to other locations."Of the guns that have been recovered the Sheriff’s Office says they’ve had hits that 20 of the weapons may be stolen. There are also dozens of other cars and other property that investigators are determining the rightful ownership of. If you think any of the property may be yours you can contact the Sheriff’s Office property technician at: RCHAMBERLAIN@CO.HUMBOLDT.CA.US