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Weapons cache found in Garberville cave

Humboldt County deputies uncovered a cache of 111 guns, including assault rifles and a World War II-era machine gun, hidden in a cave near Garberville.

The arsenal was discovered Tuesday during a search of a Flint Rock Road home where a suspected drug dealer lived, Lt. Steve Knight said Wednesday.

While combing the 55-acre property, deputies noticed a cave in some rocks that was covered by brush. They pushed the brush aside and found cases containing dozens of pistols, rifles and shotguns, Knight said.

Among the weapons were AR-15s, Tech-9 assault rifles, sawed-off shotguns and an MG 42 machine gun with a full belt of ammunition, Knight said. Many of the weapons were loaded, and at least 20 were confirmed to be stolen, he said.

"To find that many weapons in one location is very disconcerting," Knight said. "We're grateful to get these things off the street."

The seizure was connected to last week's arrest of Ryan Floyd, 30, of Garberville, who is being held on drug charges. Knight said deputies found 117 pounds of dried marijuana at his house along with smaller quantities of methamphetamine and heroin.

On Tuesday, deputies located thousands of rounds of ammunition, ballistic vests, tactical holsters and high-capacity magazines, Knight said.

A 33-year-old woman, Deanna McDonald, and her two small children were in the home. Deputies cited McDonald on a gun charge after finding a loaded .45-caliber handgun.

They also located suspected stolen items such as jewelry, a tractor and numerous chainsaws, Knight said.

You can reach Staff Writer Paul Payne at 568-5312 or paul.payne@pressdemocrat.com.


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