Trespassing Investigation near Laytonville Leads to Arrest for Weapons and Meth

Mendocino Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Press Release:

On 06/03/13 at approximately 1500 hrs Deputy Sheriffs from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were detailed to investigate a trespassing case near mile marker 13 on Branscomb Road in Laytonville, California.

Deputies arrived and contacted private security officers (LEAR Asset Management) employed by a local timber company.  These officers had two men detained (Richard Geiger and Martin Scott) both being residents of the Laytonville area.

Deputies learned the security officers were investigating an illegal marijuana grow on the timber company property when they encountered the two men walking along a trail from the grow site.

One of the men, identified as Geiger, was armed with a loaded semiautomatic handgun in a shoulder style holster.  The men were detained by the security officers and Deputies were summoned to the area.

A search of each person and a backpack in the suspect’s possession revealed approximately 26 grams of methamphetamine.

Deputies also located ammunition for a .38 caliber firearm on Scott’s person.  Scott is a convicted felon and on probation not to possess firearms or ammunition.

A search of the ground where Geiger and Scott had been originally detained by security officers revealed the presence of a loaded .38 caliber revolver.

Deputies learned Geiger and Scott had driven to the location in a vehicle which was parked along Branscomb Road.   A search of the vehicle revealed a billy club, an illegal weapon.

Geiger was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine for sales, possession of a dangerous weapon, and armed in the commission of a felony.

Scott was arrested on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine for sales, and armed in the commission of a felony.

Both subjects were booked into the Mendocino County Jail and were to be held on $30,000.00 bail.




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