The Mannequin Challenge was one of the latest crazes on social media. People hold still poses usually while “Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmurd plays in the background. People tried to get creative with the challenge, but one video led to the arrest of two men and the seizure of several firearms and marijuana at a north Alabama home.
The video which has been shared nearly 86,000 times since it was posted to Facebook on Nov. 9, shows several people in still poses holding guns. It led Madison County Sheriff’s investigators to serve a search warrant at 5012 Powell Drive N.W. in Huntsville around 5 a.m., according to Capt. Mike Salomonsky.
49-year-old Kenneth Fennell White and 23-year-old Terry Brown were arrested.
White is charged with first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a violent felon. He is being held in Madison County Jail with bail set at $30,000.
Brown is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and loitering. When he was taken to the jail, authorities found marijuana in his possession and added a charge of promoting prison contraband. His bail was set at $3,800.
Salomonsky said two handguns, an assault rifle, a shotgun, and several rounds of ammunition and magazines were seized at the home. Investigators also found several bags of marijuana that were packaged for resale, along with scales and a device used for grinding the drug. A computer was also taken from the home for intelligence gathering.
The investigation into the video started shortly after it was posted nearly a month ago, but it wasn’t enough as further information was needed for investigators to get a search warrant, Salmonsky said. The Huntsville Police Department and agents from Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms also aided with the investigation.