The controversial YouTube star has had run-ins with law enforcement in the past

By Aurelie Corinthios
August 05, 2020 04:26 PM
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The home of YouTube personality Jake Paul was searched by FBI agents on Wednesday morning.

"The FBI's Los Angeles Field Office served a federal search warrant today at a Calabasas residence at around 6 a.m. and just cleared a short while ago," a spokesperson for the FBI tells PEOPLE. "The affidavit in support of the search warrant has been sealed by a judge and I am prohibited from commenting on the nature of the investigation."

A rep for Paul, 23, has not responded to PEOPLE's request for comment.

Helicopter footage over the scene obtained by ABC7 appears to show multiple apparent firearms being seized from the property by officers with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

When reached by PEOPLE, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said, "The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's only involvement in this incident was to transport some firearms for the FBI."

The Los Angeles Times reported that the SWAT team was used to make entry to Paul's home. According to the Times, agents trained to make high-risk entries are used when there is intelligence to suggest there are firearms, or people who authorities fear could become violent, on the premises.

After the search, federal agents left Paul's home in a procession of armored vehicles, as seen in footage obtained by TMZ.

The controversial YouTube star has had run-ins with law enforcement in the past. In June, PEOPLE confirmed with the Scottsdale Police Department that Paul had been charged with criminal trespass and unlawful assembly after he was identified in a video of the looting of an Arizona mall amid protests that began in response to the killing of George Floyd.

His rep did not return PEOPLE's request for comment at the time, but Paul denied taking part in looting in a tweet, saying he spent the day "doing our part to peaceful protest."

On Wednesday, the Scottsdale Police Department and Scottsdale City Attorney's Office announced that the charges against Paul for his involvement in the Scottsdale Fashion Square riots were being dismissed without prejudice, and that the investigation would be handed over to the FBI.

"It has been decided that in the cases charging Jake Paul, Arman Izadi and Andrew Leon it is in the best interest of the community to dismiss misdemeanor charges without prejudice so that a federal criminal investigation can be completed. Scottsdale retains the option to refile charges depending on the outcome of the federal investigation," the Scottsdale Police Department announced in a press release.

In July, Paul came under fire for hosting a massive party at his California mansion despite renewed COVID-19 restrictions in the state. His rep did not respond to PEOPLE's request for comment at the time.