Sacto 9-1-1
March 13, 2010
Officials say they arrested man for waving weapon on federal land in far north state

By Cathy Locke
clocke@sacbee.com

A Tulelake man accused of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, ammunition and bullet-proof vest has been arrested by federal law enforcement agents at Lava Beds National Monument after allegedly waving a firearm in the air.

Micha Godfrey, 37, of Tulelake was taken into custody Thursday by U.S. Park Rangers, a federal Drug Enforcement Administration news release states. At the time of his arrest, Godfrey was under investigation by the DEA for allegedly threatening to kill DEA agents and their families.

"DEA takes seriously any threats against our employees and their families," DEA Special Agent Gordon Taylor said in a written statement.

"Mr. Godfrey expressed the desire, and had the means to carry out those threats."

On March 5, the DEA's Sacramento office received information that Godfrey had allegedly sent several e-mails to a medical marijuana Web site in which he threatened to kill DEA agents and their families. Godfrey, who had previous ties to the Sacramento area, was reported living in Tulelake, about 150 miles northeast of Redding, the news release says.

On Wednesday, while DEA agents were investigating the alleged threats, U.S. park rangers received a report of a suspicious man, later identified as Godfrey, who was waving a handgun in the air on Medicine Lake Road at the Lava Beds National Monument, about 10 miles from Tulelake. Park rangers went to the area and arrested Godfrey.

At the time of his arrest, Godfrey possessed a .45 caliber revolver and ammunition and was wearing a bullet-proof vest, the news release states.

On Friday, officers with the DEA and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, as well as the California Highway Patrol and Tulelake Police Department served a federal warrant at Godfrey's Tulelake residence. Authorities seized four firearms, thousands of rounds of ammunition, a bullet-proof vest, a laptop computer and marijuana plants, the news release states.

Godfrey appeared before a U.S. magistrate at the Sacramento Federal Courthouse on Friday and was charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 26.

Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 773-6866.

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