Former President Donald Trump issued a flurry of pardons just before leaving office, and one of them was for Bill Kapri, a Florida-based rapper who goes by the stage name Kodak Black.
That wasn’t the end of Kapri’s legal problems, however, as he is now facing the prospect of years in prison following a drug arrest.
Drugs allegedly found during a traffic stop
According to the Miami Herald, Kapri was taken into custody on Friday afternoon following a traffic stop in Fort Lauderdale.
The rap star was pulled over at 4:30 p.m. by a Florida Highway Patrol officer on suspicion of having illegally tinted windows.
The officer then proceeded to conduct a search of the vehicle after smelling “a strong odor of raw marijuana” and reportedly discovered 31 oxycodone tablets along with nearly $75,000 in cash. Kapri was subsequently arrested and released on bail the following day.
Rapper Kodak Black is a free man after bonding out of jail Saturday, following his latest arrest. The 25-year old was booked in #FtLauderdale on charges of Drug Trafficking & Possession of a Controlled Substance w/o a prescription. #KodakBlack #BillKapri @WPLGLocal10 pic.twitter.com/6QUIN3QvwW
— Terrell Forney (@TerrellWPLG) July 16, 2022
The Daily Wire noted that in April of 2021, Kapri pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and battery on a teenage girl in South Carolina.
He was given a suspended 10-year sentence along with 18 months of probation, and the website noted that it is not yet clear whether his arrest in Florida could result in Kapri being forced to serve the full 10 years behind bars.
The rapper thanked Trump for their pardon
Fox News reported in January of 2021 that Kapri issued a statement thanking Trump for releasing him from prison despite having only served half of his three-year sentence for a federal gun conviction.
“I Want To Thank The President @RealDonaldTrump For His Commitment To Justice Reform And Shortening My Sentence,” Kapri was quoted as saying.
” I Also Want To Thank Everyone For Their Support And Love,” he continued, adding, “It Means More Than You Will Ever Know. I Want To Continue Giving Back, Learning And Growing.”
The network pointed out that Kapri was found guilty in 2019 of lying on federal forms to purchase weapons at a Florida gun shop.