It’s not often that a random internet video can land you in hot water with the police, but two guys in Alabama learned the hard way that filming yourself with illegal items might not be the smartest idea.
The “Mannequin Challenge” craze has spread rapidly over the last month. The idea is to take a video of a group of people staying absolutely still. Sports teams did it, celebrities did it, pretty much everyone did. None, however, led to as much trouble as this one:
The video shows a bunch of people wielding guns, which led local law enforcement to get a warrant to search the home. Police found two handguns, an assault rifle and a shotgun as well as several rounds of ammunition. They also found weed and drug paraphernalia at the home. Two men, Kenneth Fennell White, 49, and Terry Brown, 23, were arrested.
White was charged with first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a violent felon and his bail was set at $30,000, while Brown was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and loitering. Police found marijuana on Brown after he was taken to jail, so an extra charge was tacked on and his bail was set at $3,800.
The moral of the story is: don’t do drugs, and definitely don’t post viral videos of you with illegal items.