[UPDATE 12:56 p.m.] Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department Investigating at Ranch Near Arcata This Morning
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that they are investigating at the property of Raymond Christie on Jackson Ranch Road west of Arcata. One witness reported seeing “a dozen trucks with trailers headed north on 255” at approximately 7:30 a.m.
Samantha Karges, a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Department, said that the investigation did not have anything to do with cannabis but, at this time, she was not able to give more information.
Christie, the property owner, has been involved in several notorious cases. In 2009, Christie was tried for cockfighting and convicted on one charge of “possessing cockfighting instruments,” according to the Lost Coast Outpost. He also has been involved in a feud with Shannon Miranda, the Miranda’s Rescue Founder which allegedly led to a fistfight in 2012. Miranda eventually accused Christie of being one of the people behind a Facebook page that alleged Miranda was guilty of a variety of crimes and misbehaviors.
In addition, a drone operator in 2015 videoed a number of cow carcasses in various states of decomposition on Christie’s property.
Karges, the Sheriff’s spokesperson, has said she will have more information on the nature of the investigation later today.
UPDATE 11:35 a.m.: The livestock deputy was at the Jackson Ranch property, according to traffic over the scanner. The deputy left to head to the Crannell area because someone reported that Christie’s cattle were “out again…So far three in the roadway.”
UPDATE 12:02 p.m.: The Mad River Union reports, “Massive HCSO enforcement action in progress right now at Christie Ranch at SR255 and Jackson Ranch Road. An officer said it involves “animal abuse and a litany of other issues.'” See photos here.