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Gun-Wielding ‘Mannequin Challenge’ Leads To Firearm And Drug Arrests [VIDEO]

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Police in Alabama arrested at least two people Tuesday after they received a video of several gun-brandishing men participating in a “Mannequin Challenge” — a viral video trend where people remain frozen in mid-action.

More arrests could come later as authorities review the footage as well as the information of the people involved.

“There are several persons in the video who may be convicted felons,” Capt. Mike Salomonsky said, according to WHNT. “So, we’re going to try to do some identification, work with the ATF [the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive] and see if we can generate any charges out of that.” (RELATED: Florida Fugitive Arrested After Changing Facebook Pic To Wanted Poster)

Three separate agencies — the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, the Huntsville Police Department, and the ATF — executed a warrant to search the home where the video was recorded.

Authorities arrested and charged 49-year-old Kenneth White with possession of marijuana, as well as possession of a firearm in which he is not permitted, reports WHNT. (RELATED: ‘Contagious’ Double-Murder Suspect Live Streams Escape From Police)

“In order to receive the ‘certain persons forbidden to possess a firearm,’ you must be convicted of a felony,” Capt. Salomonsky said.

Police also arrested 23-year-old Terry Brown with possession of drug paraphernalia, promoting prison contraband, and loitering.

“Upon his arrival at the main facility after his incarceration, he was found to have marijuana on his person. So that brought about the additional charge which is a felony on him,” Capt. Salomonsky explained, according to WHNT.

Six people were found inside the home when the warrant was executed.

Authorities thought it was unusual, or perhaps disturbing, that so many people there possessed guns.

“You have a lot of people with firearms at one address,” says Salomonsky. “And you have to ask yourself the question, ‘Why?’ and the second question you have to ask yourself: is it a public safety issue?”

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