Rapper Kodak Black has been arrested in South Florida for trafficking oxycodone and possession of a controlled substance.
The rapper, whose legal name is Bill Kapri, was previously forgiven by Donald Trump on the last day of his presidency for a previous gun possession conviction. He was jailed in Fort Lauderdale on Friday and released on Saturday after a $75,000 bond was negotiated at a bail hearing, his lawyer Bradford Cohen told Rolling Stone.
In a statement, Florida Highway Patrol said troopers pulled over Black because he was driving a car whose window tints appeared darker than the legal limit.
Police allege that when they searched the car, they found a small transparent bag containing 31 white tablets and nearly US$75,000 in cash (£63,200, AU$110,200). They say the tablets were later identified as oxycodone.
The agency says records checks also revealed that Black’s vehicle tag and driver’s license had both expired.
“Never judge a case on the basis of an arrest. There are facts and circumstances that give rise to a defense, particularly in this case,” Cohen told Rolling Stone on Saturday. “We will move forward to resolve the issue quickly.”
Black was also arrested earlier this year in South Florida for trespassing. Prosecutors later declined to pursue the case.
In January 2020, President Trump commuted a three-year federal prison sentence the rapper had for falsifying documents used to purchase weapons. Black had served about half of his sentence.
In 2021, he was sentenced to probation for assaulting a teenage girl in a hotel room in South Carolina. Black was charged with rape but agreed to a deal and instead pleaded guilty to the non-sexual offense of first-degree assault.
The rapper is one of the artists on the program for the Rolling Loud 2022 festival, which begins on Friday. It is due to occur on July 24.
Black has sold over 30 million singles and had several massive hits, including his latest Super Gremlin, which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 this year and a remix was released earlier this year by DJ David Guetta.
Associated Press contributed to this report