Arrested Rapper Kodak Black

Elizabeth Khan 2019-04-19 primary news

Kodak Black, whose real name is Bill K. Kapri, 21, was arrested on gun and drug charges Wednesday near Niagara Falls, New York, while trying to enter the US from Canada, New York State Police said.

It was unclear where the men were headed, but Kodak Black had been scheduled to perform that night in Boston, about 400 miles east.

The men admitted to border agents that they possessed marijuana and firearms. The state police said that Kodak Black was found with marijuana and that officers discovered a Glock 9-millimeter pistol in the vehicle.

The rapper was arrested on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was arraigned and remanded to county jail with bail set at $20,000 cash or $40,000.

Representatives at Black's record label and Live Nation didn't reply to emails seeking comment from The Associated Press.

Black's hits include "Tunnel Vision," ''Wake Up in the City" with Bruno Mars and Gucci Mane, "No Flockin'" and "Zeze," which peaked at No. 2 on Billboard Hot 100 chart. His last album, 2018's "Dying to Live," debuted at No. 1 on the charts.

Kodak Black, who is from Miramar, Fla., is scheduled to stand trial this spring on charges of criminal sexual conduct, stemming from a 2016 incident in South Carolina in which he is accused of sexually assaulting a young woman at a hotel following a concert. According to the incident report, he bit the victim and told her “that he could not help himself.” She reported the attack to her school resource officer.

Kodak Black was in jail Thursday morning, and it was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer. Representatives at his record label and at the event-promotion company Live Nation didn’t reply to emails from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Kapri was raised in Pompano Beach, Florida. His breakout hit "Tunnel Vision" became his first top 10 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

He has been arrested multiple times and was indicted by a grand jury in South Carolina in 2016, accused of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

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