Rapper Kodak Black has been arrested in South Florida on charges of trafficking oxycodone and possession of a controlled substance.
The rapper, whose official name is Bill Kapri, was previously pardoned by Donald Trump on the last day of his presidency for a previous conviction for gun possession. He was jailed on Friday in Fort Lauderdale and released Saturday after a $75,000 bail was negotiated during a bail hearing, his attorney Bradford Cohen told Rolling Stone.
In a statement, Florida’s highway patrol said troopers had detained Black for driving a car with windows that appeared darker than the legal limit.
Police allege that while searching the car, they found a small clear bag containing 31 white tablets and nearly $75,000 in cash (£63,200, A$110,200). They say the tablets were later identified as oxycodone.
The agency says checks also revealed that the vehicle’s license plate and Black’s driver’s license had both expired.
“Never judge a case based on an arrest. There are facts and circumstances that warrant a defense, especially in this case,” Cohen told Rolling Stone on Saturday. “We will move quickly to resolve the matter.”
Black was also arrested in South Florida earlier this year on charges of trespassing. Prosecutors later declined to proceed with the case.
In January 2020, then-President Trump commuted a three-year federal prison sentence given to the rapper 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 South Carolina hotel room. Black was charged with rape but accepted a deal and instead pleaded guilty to the non-sexual offense of first-degree assault.
The rapper is one of the artists on the line-up for the Rolling Loud festival 2022, which starts Friday. It is scheduled for July 24.
Black has sold over 30 million singles and has had several huge hits, including his most recent Super Gremlin, which peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 this year and a remix released earlier this year by DJ David Guetta.
Associated Press contributed to this report