Rap star imprisoned Kodak Black scored a legal victory Friday when a Florida judge dismissed his drug charge related to his Dec. 7 arrest for possessing a substance believed to be “cocaine” at the scene but was actually oxycodone through subsequent laboratory testing. Black, whose legal name is Bill Kapri, submitted a prescription for oxycodone to the court before the ruling. Prosecutors tried, unsuccessfully, to convince the court that more was needed to support the scenario.
“[Prosecutors] do not refute or deny the material fact that the defendant had a prescription for oxycodone filled by a pharmacy. Instead, the State simply asserts that the burden is on the defendant to provide additional evidence regarding the prescription drug he was given. The State, however, neither alleges nor demonstrates that the order obtained by Defendant on July 19, 2022 was invalid or was obtained illegally,” Broward County Judge Barbara Duffy wrote in her decision.
“I am always happy to see a court respect the rule of law in a case. This case should not have been filed. I have tried to explain this to the Broward State Attorney's Office, to no avail,” Kapri's attorney, Brad Cohen, said in a text to Rolling stone. Cohen said his next goal is to get his client out of custody. It's a complicated process because the Dec. 7 arrest triggered the revocation of Kapri's bond in another Broward County drug case in which he has pleaded not guilty, as well as the possible revocation of his supervised release federal government stemming from his 2019 conviction for forgery. declaration when purchasing firearms.
In court documents leading up to Friday's ruling, prosecutors argued that Kapri only provided a “printout” of his 2022 oxycodone prescription, and that was not enough. They said the oxy recovered during the arrest two months ago “was not properly labeled to indicate that its possession was subject to a valid prescription” and that attempts to reach the doctor linked to the order had failed. “The State does not know the manner in which the prescription was transmitted to the pharmacy, nor the validity of the paper copy of the written prescription itself,” Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Goodman's filing states.
Cohen said prosecutors were trying to “shift the burden” unfairly. “The state must prove that the pills are not tied to a prescription,” not the other way around, he wrote. “It is not uncommon for a traveler with a valid prescription to separate a pill from a prescription bottle for later consumption,” he continued, citing case law. He said Kapri “used the script as directed,” meaning he had to “take it as needed.”
The official arrest report, obtained by rolling stone, noted that Kapri voluntarily informed Plantation Police Officer Adam Stern that the white substance found in his possession at the time of his arrest was Percocet. Despite this assurance, Stern claimed in his report that the substance “tested positive on site for cocaine.” Stern further claimed that Kapri attempted to hide the powder after he was found asleep behind the wheel of his black Bentley in a nearby Fort Lauderdale community. Stern also made the decision to go to federal court on December 19 and testify against Kapri, leading a judge to order the rapper held pending a larger hearing on revoking his federal supervised release.
When lab tests ultimately came back negative for cocaine, the Broward County prosecutor instead charged Kapri with illegal possession of oxycodone. “In general and not specifically of this case, a detailed legal process is required to verify the validity of the orders,” Broward County District Attorney spokeswoman Paula McMahon said in a statement prior to Rolling stone. She pointed out that prosecutors only filed charges after receiving lab test results. “Police arrested him for suspected possession of cocaine. Our office has not filed this charge,” McMahon said.
Cohen said Friday he was working to have Kapri's other charges of tampering with evidence and double parking dismissed, based largely on the arresting officer's “incorrect statements” and testimony. . “The cop said crack, and it turned out to be oxycodone. I don't know how an error like that happens. I have never in my 27 year career seen a police officer test an oxycodone pill and come back positive for cocaine. This officer was either grossly negligent, incompetent, or a liar. It’s one of those three,” Cohen said previously. rolling stone. “I will request an internal investigation into this officer and his testimony, which is incredulous.”
He also claims that Kapri was not actually blocking traffic when he stopped in front of a friend's residence near the Fort Lauderdale Country Club and that the first officer on scene did not “honk his horn or ask” Kapri to move your vehicle before starting the meeting.
Kapri, 26, was about halfway through a three-year federal prison sentence for falsifying documents used to buy guns at a Miami gun store when then-President Donald Trump , commuted the sentence on the last day of his term in January 2021. The commutation, supported by Gucci Mane, Lil Pump and Lil Yachty, highlighted Kodak's philanthropic efforts, including his penchant for distributing school supplies and food to Florida residents in need.
In another Broward County case, Kapri is fighting charges of trafficking oxycodone when he was arrested in July 2022 with white pills and nearly $75,000 in cash in his vehicle. Prosecutors say he trafficked between 14 and 25 grams of oxycodone. A defense motion to dismiss the case argues that authorities mishandled evidence and that some pills tested like acetaminophen. Kapri was out on bail in the case when he was ordered to enter a drug treatment center for 30 days last year because he tested positive for fentanyl on Feb. 8, 2023.