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Local rapper arrested

Kodak Black is suspected of drug and weapon possession and eluding police, report says

- By Erika Pesantes Staff writer epesantes@tribpub.com or 954-356-4543 or Twitter @epesantes

A local rapper who goes by the stage name of Kodak Black is accused of fleeing from police during a drug transactio­n in Hallandale Beach.

Dieuson Octave, 18, is charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession of cannabis, fleeing and eluding police at a high speed and disobeying/ avoiding traffic devices.

According to a police report, Octave and an accomplice, Wisdom Williams, drove in a black Audi and parked at a building in the 800 block of Northwest Seventh Avenue “known for street drug sales.” It was about 12:25 p.m. Thursday.

Police said the pair appeared to be involved in a drug transactio­n with two others who handed over cash and got a “large bag with a green leafy substance” in return.

The officers tried to block the Audi with their vehicle and turned on emergency lights, but Octave and Williams managed to get away, the report said.

A police chase ensued, and the Audi ran a red light and past a stop sign, at speeds more than 60 mph in a 30 mph zone, the report said. Shortly after that, police called off the pursuit but then noticed the Audi parked along the 200 block of Jackson Street in Hollywood. According to the report, police saw Octave throw what appeared to be a firearm into a dumpster. Police detained Octave and Williams.

Williams, 18, of Lauderhill, is charged with loitering or prowling and bonded out of jail.

Officers found a loaded Glock 23 .40 caliber pistol and a magazine in the dumpster; 2.5 grams of marijuana were found in the car. Octave, of Pompano Beach, had plead guilty to attempted robbery with a weapon in 2012 when he was 14 years old, police said. In October, he was accused of battery and false imprisonme­nt after allegedly forcing some juveniles into a car while searching for someone he believed had stolen from him.

“He made some really bad decisions when he was a juvenile,” his attorney John Weekes said. “He’s worked hard to clean it up; he’s done real well with his music career. Hopefully by the end of the case, we’ll be able to show he’s a good, upstanding citizen.”

Octave, known as Kodak Black, has a music career that has been gaining momentum. He signed up with a record label about a month ago, and one of his music videos on YouTube has been viewed more than 13 million times.

“He’s a project kid that kind of made it big,” Weekes said. “He had a really tough upbringing. He kind of made it big through YouTube.”

Octave was jailed on a $5,100 bond. His attorney said he would bond out in time for a Saturday show.

According to his Facebook page, he had an appearance scheduled in Birmingham, Ala. on Friday and Huntsville, Ala. on Saturday for his “Going Up Top” tour.

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