Florida native and rap artist Kodak Black has had three charges dropped pertaining to the January raid of his Pembroke Pines home where a stolen gun and nearly 95 grams of marijuana were found.
The state dismissed the following charges: possession of a weapon or ammunition by a delinquent, grand theft of a firearm, and child neglect. Black, whose real name is Dieurson Octave, was represented by attorney Bradford Cohen who argued that many individuals were in the rap star’s house and his client was not the owner of the stolen gun that was found during the raid.
According to reports, Kodak Black still faces four other charges including marijuana possession and possession of ammunition. The 20-year-old remains in jail for violating his probation.
On January 18, Broward County officers conducted a home raid after Black, who has about 5 million followers, posted video on Instagram Live showing members of his crew with drugs and guns. The footage also showed Black’s young son walking into the room.
Authorities took Black into custody where he is still being held without bond.
January 19, 2018
Florida rapper Dieuson Octave, popularly known as Kodak Black, was arrested at his home by Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies on Thursday.
At just 20-years-old, the rapper is not new to the justice system and is now facing charges of grand theft of a firearm, child neglect, two counts of possession of a weapon by a felon, two counts of probation violation, and possession of marijuana.
Octave, who has millions of followers on social media, published a live video on his Instagram account that highlighted the audio of an argument about whether or not he needed to turn in his cell phone to authorities. The Istagram acount alone has more than 5 million followers.
In the video, which was quickly becoming viral, an officer(presumed) could be heard saying, “Your phone is part of this search warrant. You are not going to get your phone back.”
Octave’s Twitter account had not seen a post since Wednesday where he pleaded for his fans to write to Willie Ryan at the Broward County Jail in Pompano Beach, where the U.S. Marshals had a hold on him as a felon allegedly in possession of ammunition.
As of Friday, Octave was being held at the Broward County Main Jail in Fort Lauderdale.
The man from Haiti who grew up in public housing began his rapping career at age 14, then known as J Black. His criminal history began soon after.
In 2015, Octave was arrested in Pompano Beach for robbery, two counts of false imprisonment of a child under 13 years of age, battery, three counts of false imprisonment of an adult, possession of marijuana, and driving with a suspended license.
In April of 2016, he was arrested twice in Broward County, The arrest in April was for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana and fleeing from police officers.
In August of 2016, he was again arrested in Broward County, this time for armed robbery and false imprisonment.
The crimes resulted in Octave being sentenced to house arrest, community service, anger management classes, and five years of probation. While he was in custody, authorities in Broward County discovered the rapper had a pending warrant in Florence, South Carolina, for criminal sexual conduct and a warrant in St. Lucie County for possession of marijuana.
In February 2017, Octave was arrested for violation of his probation when he allegedly left his house to go to a strip club. He was sentenced to 364 days in jail for violation of his probation. The judge allowed him to participate in an early release program and Octave walked out of jail on June 5 to serve one year of house arrest and five years of probation.
Just days ago, on January 15, Octave as Kodak Black released a video for his single “Roll In Peace” with rapper Jahseh Onfroy,19, known as XXXTentacion. In part of the video, Kodak Black is seen throwing cash on a courthouse floor.
Onfroy was arrested in December and is scheduled to appear in Broward County court on January 24 to face possible charges of false imprisonment, witness tampering, and allegedly harassing a woman he was accused of beating up when she was pregnant.
We will continue to update this story.