Two men were arrested in Huntsville, Alabama at 5am Tuesday after police were sent a gunfight-themed mannequin challenge video that was posted on Facebook in November.
The resulting investigation saw cops bringing in the men on gun and drug charges, as well as finding four guns, body armor, packs of marijuana and ammo, WHNT reported.
The video, which shows 19 people – most with guns – posing in a freeze-framed ‘shootout’, was posted on the Facebook profile of Hailey Nichols on November 9. It has since received more than four million views.
Among those viewers were Madison County Sheriff’s Office investigators, who were sent the video by a concerned citizen.
‘You have a lot of people with firearms at one address,’ Captain Mike Salomonsky said. ‘And you have to ask yourself the question, “Why?” and the second question you have to ask yourself: Is it a public safety issue?’
During the ensuing investigation, police say, they discovered that the house was being used to sell marijuana, and obtained a search warrant.
The raid this morning saw the door being busted in and Kenneth White, 49, and Terry Brown, 23, being arrested. There were four others inside, including kids, cops said.
Items recovered included two handguns, an assault rifle, an older single-barrel shotgun, an attack vest, multiple packs of marijuana, ammunition, magazines for the assault rifle and a computer.
White was charged with first degree possession of marijuana and ‘certain persons forbidden to possess a firearm’ – a charge that forbids convicted felons from owning a gun.
Brown was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, loitering and promoting prison contraband.
The contraband charge came after he was taken to the main prison facility, at which point he was ‘found to have marijuana on his person’, Salomonsky said.
Brown can be seen in the mannequin challenge video, which was filmed outside the home at 5012 Powell Drive. The camera comes in close on his face while he hefts a pistol.
An assault rifle and shotguns can also be seen in the video, in which the majority of the 19 subjects are armed.
The investigation continues, Salomonsky said, and more charges may be served.
‘There are several persons in the video who may be convicted felons,’ he said. ‘So, we’re going to try to do some identification, work with the ATF and see if we can generate any charges out of that.’