Miami Herald

Drug-possession charge against rapper Kodak Black is dismissed in Broward

- Associated Press

An attorney for Kodak Black hopes the drug charge being dismissed will prompt a federal judge to free him.

A drug-possession charge against South Florida rapper Kodak Black was dismissed Friday, two months after an arrest, though a drug-traffickin­g case from 2022 remains ongoing.

Broward County Circuit Judge Barbara Duffy ruled 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, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

Plantation police arrested Kapri in December after finding him asleep at the wheel with white powder around his mouth, officials said. The powder initially tested positive for cocaine, but a lab test later revealed it was oxycodone, for which Kapri obtained a prescripti­on in July 2022.

Kapri still faces a tampering-with-evidence charge related to the arrest, but his attorney, Bradford Cohen, hopes to get that dismissed, as well. Kapri has been in a Miami federal detention center since his arrest, which caused his bond to be revoked in a separate case. Cohen hopes the drug charge being dismissed will prompt a federal judge to free Kapri.

Kapri was arrested in 2022 on charges of traffickin­g in oxycodone and possession of a controlled substance without a prescripti­on. He was freed on bond with regular drug testing as a condition of his release. Kapri was ordered to drug rehab for 30 days early last 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 did not show up for a drug test.

In January 2021, thenPresid­ent Donald Trump commuted a three-year federal prison sentence that the rapper had for falsifying documents used to buy weapons. Kapri had served about half of his sentence.

As Kodak Black, Kapri has sold more than 30 million singles. “Super Gremlin” reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2022.

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SYDNEY WALSH Miami Herald | July 24, 2022

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