Broward County, FL – Prosecutors have dropped three of the five charges against Kodak Black following his January 18 arrest, but the often-incarcerated rapper found himself facing two additional charges on Thursday (February 22), according to the Sun Sentinel.
The prosecution added charges of felony possession of cannabis and possession of ammunition by a delinquent. They dropped the charges of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, third-degree grand theft and child neglect.
Black, whose real name is Dieuson Octave, was originally arrested after he posted an Instagram Live video that showed party guests smoking marijuana around his infant son. Another guest was allegedly brandishing a pistol near the child. Black, who has been on probation since August 2016, isn’t allowed to have drugs or guns in his possession.
His attorney, Bradford Cohen, was successful in filing a motion to dismiss some of the charges, arguing the video didn’t show his client holding the weapon. But he still has an uphill battle with the new charges added to Black’s case.
“It was the right decision for them to make,” Cohen told the Sun Sentinel. “Clearly there’s still more work to do, but I’m glad the State Attorney’s Office considered the information I sent them and the arguments I was preparing to make to drop those charges.”
(The original version of this article was published on January 18, 2018 and can be found below.)
Kodak Black is once again behind bars.
According to Broward’s Sheriff Office records, the Pompano Beach, Florida native was taken into custody on Thursday (January 18) on multiple charges, including grand theft of a firearm, gun possession, drug possession (marijuana), child neglect and probation violation. In total, there are seven new charges pending against the 20-year-old.
The Project Baby 2 rapper was evidently live streaming when police raided the house he was in. In the video, a police officer is heard asking for Kodak’s phone and says it’s “part of this search warrant.”
Kodak was initially arrested for robbery, battery, two counts of false imprisonment of a child under 13 years of age, three counts of false imprisonment of an adult, driving with a suspended license and marijuana possession in 2015.
After violating his probation, he was sentenced to 364 days in jail but got out 180 days ahead of schedule for participating in an early release program. He officially walked out of jail last June. He was given a year of house arrest and another five years of probation. He was also required to take an anger management course which he completed.
Last October, he was indicted on criminal sexual conduct charges in South Carolina as well. He was charged in November 2016 and released from jail in December 2016 after posting a $100,000 bond.
He was also recently ordered to pay $4,000 a month in child support.
WPLG 10 reports Kodak is currently being held at Broward County Main Jail in Fort Lauderdale.