Rapper Kodak Black Released After Drug Charge Dismissed

Florida entertainer still has another active drug-related case, however
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 7, 2023 4:10 PM CST
Updated Feb 22, 2024 2:00 AM CST
Rapper Kodak Black Arrested on Cocaine Charges
Kodak Black arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum, Aug. 27, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
UPDATE Feb 22, 2024 2:00 AM CST

South Florida rapper Kodak Black was freed from jail Wednesday after a federal judge sentenced him to time served for a probation violation. The judge handed down the sentence nearly two weeks after a drug possession charge was dismissed in neighboring Broward County, where a judge ruled earlier this month that prosecutors could not refute or negate the fact that the rapper, whose real name is Bill Kapri, had an oxycodone prescription filled by a pharmacy. (Although authorities said the powder allegedly found around Black's mouth in December was cocaine, a lab test later revealed it was oxycodone, for which Kapri had a prescription.) A drug trafficking case against the rapper from 2022, however, remains ongoing; it was that case for which he was on probation when he was arrested in the 2023 case that has now been resolved, the AP reports.

Dec 7, 2023 4:10 PM CST

Rapper Kodak Black has been arrested again in South Florida, this time on charges of possessing cocaine, jail records show. The Broward County jail listed Bill Kapri, Kodak Black's legal name, as being in custody Thursday. The jail records say Plantation police charged him with improperly stopping or parking his vehicle, cocaine possession and tampering with evidence. Kapri is no stranger to South Florida law enforcement. He was arrested last year on charges of trafficking in oxycodone and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. He was freed on a $75,000 bond, and regular drug testing was a condition of his release.

Kapri was ordered to drug rehab for 30 days earlier this year after missing a drug test in February and then testing positive for fentanyl several days later, according to court records. Then last June a warrant for his arrest was issued after authorities said he didn't show up for a June 9 drug test. In January 2021, then-President Trump commuted a three-year federal prison sentence the rapper had for falsifying documents used to buy weapons. Kapri had served about half his sentence. As Kodak Black, Kapri has sold more than 30 million singles, with massive hits such as "Super Gremlin," which reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 last year.

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