Multiple high-powered firearms were seized at YouTube star Jake Paul’s Los Angeles home during an FBI raid on Wednesday, after heavily-armed agents in military vehicles swarmed the $6.9million property.
Aerial footage of the raid, taken by ABC7, showed law enforcement officers walking out of the sprawling Calabasas mansion with several rifles in hand, before loading them onto police vehicles as apparent evidence.
In one shot from the scene, a long-barreled gun was spotted in the backyard resting against the star’s hot tub that has been featured in many of his recent YouTube videos.
Several FBI units dressed in tactical gear had descended on Paul’s home on the 23500 block of Parksouth Street around 6am local time, after executing a search warrant, TMZ reported.
At least 20 federal agents were seen riding in on a procession of military vehicles, including an armored truck, during the operation. Several U.S. government marked cars were also spotted in the vicinity.
Authorities refused to comment on the nature of the raid since the warrant has been sealed by a judge, but confirmed they did not plan to make any arrests in the search.
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Law enforcement officers were seen walking out of Jake Paul’s Calabasas mansion on Wednesday with multiple firearms in hand
Authorities were seen loading the weapons onto the back of a police vehicle as apparent evidence
Footage showed what appeared to be a high-powered rifle resting against the star’s hot tub in the backyard that appears in many of his recent YouTube videos
Jake Paul’s Calabasas home was searched by FBI agents early Wednesday morning. Above, two agents clad in tactical gear are seen at the gates of the mansion during the operation
Several federal agents dressed in tactical gear arrived in armored vehicles after serving the YouTube star with a search warrant
At least 20 federal agents hanging off military trucks were seen on the 23500 block of Parksouth Street during the mystery operation
The FBI refused to comment on the nature of the search since the warrant has been sealed by a judge. Pictured: FBI units cling on to government vehicles while leaving Paul’s property
The raid was reported to have lasted an hour and half. It is unknown what was seized from the house
Jake Paul, 23, rose to fame alongside his brother Logan Paul, 25, on now defunct-video app Vine before transitioning to YouTube where he uploads reckless and adventurous videos
The City of Calabasas said in a social media statement that it was Paul’s home that was being raided by the FBI, which was using the city hall parking lot as a staging area.
The 23-year-old YouTuber however, had been out of state during the search operation, his attorney Richard Schonfeld told TMZ. The lawyer said they plan to cooperate with the investigation.
Sources told the LA Times a SWAT team had been deployed to gain entry into the viral star’s house. The armed units are usually called in during situations that are deemed high-risk, such as properties where weapons are believed to be present.
Agents were reported to have searched the 15,000 square-foot home for about an hour and half.
‘The FBI is executing a federal search warrant at a residence in Calabasas in connection with an ongoing investigation,’ a bureau spokesperson said.
‘The affidavit in support of the search warrant is sealed and we are, therefore, prohibited from commenting as to the nature of the investigation.’
DailyMail.com has contacted Paul’s reps for comment.
Paul rose to fame alongside his brother Logan Paul, 25, on now defunct-video app Vine before transitioning to YouTube, where he now has over 20 million subscribers to his channel which features stunts, pranks, stories from his personal life, and more recently music videos.
He has been embroiled in a number of controversies in recent years, as well as run-ins with the law, including an incident in Arizona in June, when video footage emerged of him at mall while it was being looted.
The Scottsdale Police Department identified Paul as a participant in a riot at Scottsdale Fashion Square that had taken place days after the death of George Floyd, on May 30.
He was later charged with criminal trespassing and unlawful assembly.
Paul later tried to distance himself from the situation in a statement saying he was in no way involved in any looting or vandalism.
The FBI said no arrests were planned in Wednesday’s search but it is unclear as to why the operation required heavily armed units
Paul was nowhere to be seen during the FBI raid on Wednesday
Several military vehicles were seen departing the mansion following the mystery operation
Paul purchased the 15,000 square-ft mansion in Calabasas for a hefty $6.925million when he was 20 years old in 2017
Paul moved into the neighborhood in 2017 after his previous home in Beverly Grove had become the subject of noise complaints
He posted a video days later saying he and friends went to the mall to attend a protest against George Floyd’s death.
They instead found people engaged in looting and property damage that included shattered windows of offices and stores, Paul said, adding that he didn’t participate in that activity.
‘That’s the way it looked on camera. However that isn’t the case,’ he said.
Paul said he kept walking in the mall area despite encountering the criminal activity because he still wanted to find the protest.
‘I’m above that. I don’t need to vandalize. I don’t need to loot and I know it’s not the way forward,’ he said at the time.
Paul also drew backlash last month for blatantly flouting social distancing guidelines as COVID-19 cases spiked in California, by throwing a massive party at the mansion.
Calabasas mayor Alicia Weintraub expressed ‘outrage’ over the ‘outrageous gathering’ in which dozens of people without masks drank and danced.
Paul later indicated to Insider last week that he would continue to do what he wants.
Videos emerged on social media shortly after the party, where revelers showed no concern for social distancing or wearing protective masks.
People were seen drinking, playing beer pong, and swinging off a construction backhoe at the gathering.
Revelers were both indoors and outdoors, crowded closely together without a mask in sight.
What pandemic? The 23-year-old faced backlash after throwing a wild party at his Calabasas mansion on July 14
Party time! A man who appears to be Paul is seen in this video where a crowd of people surround a table filled with red solo cups and drinks
Calabasas mayor Alicia Weintraub was left outraged after learning of the party and says she’s looking into ‘all options’ for penalties for Paul.
Paul told Insider that he spoke to the mayor and ‘everything is cool,’ though he didn’t elaborate on what she said.
The mayor, meanwhile, said she didn’t speak to Paul at all, and only a representative for the the YouTuber. She said that possible fines would be issues in the future and the sheriff’s department would intervene.
But Paul didn’t say that would put an end to his wild bashes, and insisted that it wasn’t clear to him how he should be behaving.
‘I don’t know what to think of it, to be honest. I don’t think anyone really does,’ he said. ‘No one has answers, our leadership is failing us, and everyone kind of just doesn’t know what to do.
‘But I personally am not the type of person who’s gonna sit around and not live my life,’ he added.
Paul’s July 16 party was thrown in spite of California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desperate plea for people to be wary of the virus.