ENCINO (CBSLA) — State and local authorities Wednesday raided the Encino home of hip-hop producer Mally Mall in connection with investigations into human trafficking and the trafficking of exotic animals.
A search warrant was served early Wednesday in the 4000 block of Grimes Place by Los Angeles police officers and agents from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Mall — whose birth name is Jamal Rashid – was reportedly home at the time of the raid. While initial reports indicated the the “Love and Hip Hop” star was arrested, Mall told TMZ later he was only detained during the search, but was not arrested.
Authorities served warrants for two separate investigations: police were looking for evidence of human trafficking, while game wardens searched the home for evidence of alleged exotic wildlife trafficking, according to CBSLA’s Randy Paige.
Detectives with LAPD’s Robbery/Homicide Division would not comment on the human trafficking investigation.
According to his website, he has worked with artists such as Tyga, Drake, Justin Bieber, Future, Sean Kingston, and Snoop Dogg.
The producer’s Instagram account features several videos and images of a young wild cat known as a serval hashtagged #Cleo, a Capuchin monkey apparently named Bubbs, and a Caracal cat – which is native to Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and India – he seems to call Pharaoh.
It’s not clear how these exotic animals were obtained, or whether permits were required to have them.
Heather Michaels lives up the street from the home and says she was surprised by the raids.
“He likes to entertain,” she said. “I’ve lived here many years, I’ve never seen anything atrocious or caused me pause.”
California has some of the most restrictive laws in the country against the possession of exotic animals, including big cats, like servals, and monkeys.
Fish and Wildlife officials say they found a serval and are working to safely remove it.
In 2014, the FBI raided Mall’s Las Vegas home as part of a federal human trafficking investigation.