On July 6, 2023, at about 4:03 p.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol in the Garberville area conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation near the intersection of Locust Street and Maple Lane.
Deputies contacted one occupant of the vehicle, 52-year-old Massai James Moser. Deputies learned that Moser was driving with a suspended license. During contact with Moser he had refused to produce his driver’s license and refused to comply with commands to exit the vehicle.
Deputies placed Moser under arrest for driving without a license and for resisting a police officer.
During a search of Moser and his vehicle incident to arrest, Deputies located a cylindrical tin can containing explosive flash powder, 6.5-feet of green cannon fuse, a clear bag containing ¼-inch ball bearings, 6.5-inch double edged dagger, semi-automatic 22 caliber rifle and ammunition, two grocery bags of commercially concentrated cannabis, and 3.55 grams of methamphetamine.
Moser was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of driving with a suspended license (VC 14601.1(A)), resisting a peace officer (PC 148(A)(1)), felon in possession of ammunition (PC 30305(A)(1)), felon in possession of firearm (PC 29800(A)), possession of a controlled substance while armed with a firearm (HS 11370.1), possession of concentrated cannabis over 1 oz (HS 11357(B)), possession of bomb making materials (PC 18720), possession of a dirk or dagger (PC 21310), and possession of a controlled substance (HS 11377).
Anyone with information about this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.
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Massai James Moser Booking Photo | Humboldt County Correctional Facility