Mannequin challenge leads to arrest for alleged drug dealers

Kenneth White and Terry Brown (Photo Credit: Madison County Sheriff's Office)
Kenneth White and Terry Brown (Photo credit: Madison County Sheriff’s Office)

A group of alleged gang members has been arrested after a violence-themed mannequin challenge. According to police in Huntsville, Alabama a group of at least 19 people posed with guns and vehicles as they recreated a shootout at a home. The video of the stunt was uploaded to the Facebook account of Hailey Nichols on Nov. 9 and has been viewed  by at least four million people. Apparently, one of the people was so concerned after viewing the mannequin challenge that they informed Madison County Sheriff’s Office investigators and sent a copy of the video.

Alleged drug dealers Mannequin Challenge (Photo Credit: Facebook/ Hailey Nichols)
Alleged drug dealers Mannequin challenge (Photo Credit: Facebook/ Hailey Nichols)

Even though no crime was committed by the challenge, investigators were able to identify the home where the stunt was filmed. Police determined that the home was being used to sell marijuana and a search warrant was issued.  Members of the Criminal Investigation/Narcotics unit forcibly breached the door and discovered six people at the residence including children. Police recovered 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. Police arrested Kenneth White, 49, and Terry Brown, 23, for charges that included marijuana possession and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.

Alleged drug dealers Mannequin Challenge (Photo Credit: Facebook/ Hailey Nichols)

Alleged drug dealers Mannequin challenge According to Captain Mike Salomonsky of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office “You have a lot of people with firearms at one address, And you have to ask yourself the question, ‘why?’ And the second question you have to ask yourself: Is it a public safety issue? There are several persons in the video who may be convicted felons. 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.”

The investigation is still ongoing and Salomonsky said that he expected more arrests and charges to be filed in the case.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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