An arrest warrant has been issued for rapper Kodak Black, on bail in a drug case, after he allegedly failed to show up for a doping test prior to testing positive for fentanyl.
The warrant was issued by a Broward County district judge on Thursday and published by a number of news outlets, including TMZ, over the weekend.
It’s unclear if the hip-hop hitmaker, whose track “Super Gremlin” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 last year, was planning to give up. His lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office requested a warrant alleging that the rapper, also known as Bill Capri, failed to show up for a scheduled drug test scheduled for Feb. 3 by a contract testing company.
The sheriff’s sworn letter filed in support of the extradition alleges that Black was tested late on February 8 and the results came back positive for fentanyl.
The testing was necessary as part of his provisional bail in a case alleging that Black was dealing oxycodone. His release was canceled as part of an arrest warrant.
Florida Highway Patrol officers said they found 31 oxycodone pills in his car during a July stopover due to possible illegal painting of the car’s windows.
Black, whose residence is listed as Miramar, Florida, pleaded not guilty.
Both oxycodone and fentanyl are synthetic opioids, and both can be legal if prescribed or administered correctly in medical settings.
Illicit fentanyl, said to be many times stronger than heroin, has flooded the US-Mexico border and is widely cited as the cause of overdoses in the United States.
In recent years, Black has been the target of intense police scrutiny. He was arrested on charges of trespassing in the Pompano Beach, Florida area on the first day of 2022. Prosecutors declined to press charges.
A few weeks later, Black was wounded in a shooting outside a nightclub in Los Angeles. Bradford Cohen, Black’s lawyer, said the rapper came to the aid of a man who was the target of an unprovoked attack when he was shot in the leg.
In 2019, the rapper was sentenced to three and a half years in federal prison for lying to the government regarding required firearms paperwork. In 2020, President Donald Trump commuted the remainder of the artist’s sentence, leaving about half.