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Rapper Kodak Black, who received a presidential pardon from Donald Trump in January, was arrested on Monday night in Florida for allegedly possessing cocaine. However, his lawyer, Bradford Cohen, claims that the pills found in his car were not cocaine, but a common over-the-counter pain reliever. He has filed a motion to dismiss the charge, saying that the arrest was based on a faulty field test and an illegal search.
Kodak Black, whose real name is Bill K. Kapri, was pulled over by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper for speeding and having tinted windows on Interstate 95. According to the arrest report, the trooper smelled marijuana and searched the vehicle, finding a Glock 9mm pistol, a small amount of marijuana, and 16 pills in a plastic bag. The pills tested positive for cocaine, and Kodak Black was taken into custody. He told the trooper that he had a prescription for the pills, but could not provide any proof.
Cohen, Kodak Black’s attorney, said that the pills were Goody’s Headache Powder, a popular pain reliever that contains aspirin, acetaminophen, and caffeine. He said that the field test used by the trooper was unreliable and prone to false positives. He filed a motion to dismiss the charge, arguing that there was no probable cause for the arrest and that the search was illegal. He also posted a video on Instagram, showing a receipt for the purchase of the Goody’s powder and a negative lab test for cocaine.
Kodak Black is currently being held at the Broward County Jail on a $20,000 bond. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted of the cocaine charge. He is also awaiting trial on a sexual assault charge in South Carolina, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years. His attorney said that he is confident that the cocaine charge will be dropped and that he will seek a fair resolution for the other case.
A History of Legal Troubles
Kodak Black’s latest arrest is not his first encounter with the law. The rapper, who was born in Florida to Haitian immigrants, has been involved in several criminal cases since he rose to fame in 2015 with his hit single “No Flockin”.
In 2016, he was arrested for robbery, battery, false imprisonment of a child, and possession of marijuana. He was later released on bail, but was arrested again for violating his probation. He was also accused of raping a teenage girl in a hotel room in South Carolina, a charge that he has denied and is still pending trial.
In 2017, he was arrested for violating his house arrest by leaving his home without permission and going to a strip club. He was sentenced to 364 days in jail, but was released after five months for good behavior. He was also indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly sexually assaulting another woman in a hotel room in Florida, a charge that he has also denied and is still pending trial.
In 2019, he was arrested at the U.S.-Canada border for possession of marijuana and a firearm. He was later charged with falsifying information on federal forms to buy four firearms from a Miami gun shop. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 46 months in prison. He also pleaded guilty to a gun possession charge in New York and was given a 12-month concurrent sentence.
In 2020, he sued the Federal Bureau of Prisons for alleged abuse and mistreatment while he was incarcerated at a Kentucky prison. He claimed that he was beaten by guards, denied medical care, and placed in solitary confinement for no reason. He also alleged that he was transferred to a different prison without notice and that his personal property was confiscated.
In 2021, he was pardoned by former President Donald Trump on his last day in office, along with other celebrities and political allies, such as rapper Lil Wayne, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, and former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. As part of his pardon, he was ordered to undergo drug treatment and counseling. He also donated $1 million to charity, changed his legal name from Dieuson Octave to Bill K. Kapri, and got engaged to rapper Mellow Rackz.
Kodak Black’s fate now rests in the hands of the court system, which will decide whether to dismiss the cocaine charge, proceed to trial, or offer a plea deal. The rapper could face up to five years in prison if convicted of the cocaine charge, which would also violate the terms of his pardon and expose him to further legal consequences. He is also awaiting trial on a sexual assault charge in South Carolina, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years. His attorney, Bradford Cohen, said that he is confident that the cocaine charge will be dropped and that he will seek a fair resolution for the other case.
Kodak Black has expressed his gratitude to Trump for pardoning him and his hope for a better future. He has also released new music, including a collaboration with Lil Yachty and a tribute to the late rapper DMX. He has also been involved in several charitable initiatives, such as donating air conditioners to low-income families, funding a scholarship for a slain FBI agent’s daughter, and giving away toys and turkeys to children and families in need.
However, Kodak Black’s legal troubles have also affected his personal life and his career. He has been banned from entering Canada, where he was supposed to perform at a music festival. He has also been sued by his former label, Atlantic Records, for breach of contract and unpaid royalties. He has also faced criticism from some fans and fellow artists for his controversial comments and actions, such as disrespecting Nipsey Hussle’s girlfriend, Lauren London, and throwing money into the ocean.
Kodak Black’s story is one of talent and turmoil, of redemption and regret, of success and struggle. He has been praised for his musical skills and his generosity, but also condemned for his criminal behavior and his recklessness. He has been given a second chance by the president, but also faces the possibility of losing his freedom again. He has been loved by millions of fans, but also hated by many others. He is a rapper who has made headlines for both his hits and his misses.