At 19 years old, Taylor Caniff has 2.1 million Vine followers, 2.3 million followers on Instagram, 330,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel — and allegedly, seven pending criminal charges against him.
Based out of Indiana, the boyish-looking Caniff created his YouTube account in 2012 and posted his first Vine video a year later. Since then he has become a social media phenomenon to be reckoned with, posting videos like “What we actually do in are [sic] hotel rooms…” where he and his friends speak gibberish and bounce on a hotel room bed — the video has garnered over 1.7 million views. On the Fourth of July, however, Caniff posted a different sort of video on his Instagram page — one featuring the Warrick County, IN Sheriff’s Department raiding his home.
Now, Superfame is reporting that publicly-available court data lists Caniff as facing seven charges stemming from that incident, three of them felonies. The charges are dealing in marijuana (felony), maintaining a common nuisance (felony), unlawful possession or use of a legend drug (felony), possession of a controlled substance (misdemeanor), contributing to the delinquency of a minor (misdemeanor), possession of marijuana (misdemeanor) and possession of paraphernalia (misdemeanor).
These charges coincide with a recently posted (then deleted) admission of guilt, with the YouTuber blaming the incident on friends. “I admit there were drugs left inside the house after the gathering, left by I don’t know who. Right now I’m being charged with three felonies.”
Caniff captioned the Instagram police confrontation with additional details on the arrest. “Here is footage I have gained from the night my house was broken into by Warrick County cops,” he explains. “They pushed my housekeep down and entired [sic] my home. I had about 15 friends over for a 4th of July gathering with close friends. They had no search warrant … they caused $7000 in damage.”