The breakout YouTube sensation and star of FPSRussia, Kyle Myers, is once again under investigation, the third time in just over four years. Investigators claim he illegally obtained drugs shipped to his post office box in Georgia.
After receiving the package the local sheriff’s office arrested Myers and immediately brought charges. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE or ATF) subsequently secured a warrant to search his property.
According to ATF spokesman Nero Priester, the agency found only firearms on his property, and nothing illegal. The ATF seized over 50 guns in this latest investigation.
Federal law prohibits users of illegal drugs from possessing firearms. “We’re waiting for lab results to come back,” said Priester. “We got a subpoena for his blood to see if he is an active drug user.”
If the blood test shows that Myers was using illegal drugs the ATF will consider bringing the case to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The charges Myers faces include possession of a Schedule I narcotic and drug-related paraphernalia. Investigators have not released any information about the drugs mailed to Myers.
Myers is currently free on a $10,000 bond.
The comically non-Russian YouTuber attracted a massive following with his over-the-top shorts featuring big guns and bigger explosions. Myers’ YouTube career came to a halt when his business partner, Keith Ratliff, was shot dead. That case remains unsolved.
Shortly after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, or GBI, opened their case on Ratliff’s death the ATF and the GBI raided Myers’ family farm and a neighboring farm used to produce FPSRussia videos. The agencies claimed that Myers was using explosives commercially without a license.
Since then Myers unsuccessfully attempted to restart the YouTube channel and has shifted his focus toward other projects that don’t involve explosives.
Myers started the FPSRussia channel in 2011 and peaked in 2013 just before the death of his partner. The GBI believes that the identity of the killer or killers is known to Ratliff’s circle, which puts them “at a continued risk of harm,” reports the Athens Banner-Herald.
In the wake of multiple investigations, Myers put most of his projects on hiatus.