|Minor Character: Las Vegas|
|Name||Kellen "Drops" Tyford|
|Family|| Sherri (half-sister)|
Dana Espinoza (ex-girlfriend)
|Portrayed By||Method Man|
|First Appearance||Poppin' Tags|
Kellen "Drops" Tyford is a recurring character on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
By his own account, Drops grew up in poverty. As his biological parents were absent, he and his half-sister, Sherry, were raised by Maria Espinoza. Drops later had a child with her daughter, Dana. He earned his nickname when he used to do marijuana runs (according to Brass, he made a lot of "drops"). Later in life, Kellen became wealthier, working for a rap artist known as Dollar. When he did, he got Mrs. Espinoza an apartment to thank her for taking care of him.
Drops first appeared in Poppin' Tags, working for rap artist Dollar, who became connected to the murders of a street team for a rival artist, Hi-Def. Sometime after the incident, he apparently quit working for him and became a nightclub promoter.
His next appearance was in Big Shots, when he and a long-time friend, Champ Lanley, tried to get Aaron James (coincidentally the brother of a man from a gang who was killed by Greg in the line of duty) to invest in a nightclub they were going to open. When they were driving home from a bar, their limo was shot at by two men who wanted payback for a girl they were trying to pick up ditching them for Drops and Champ. Champ was killed by a clean headshot. Drops fired back at the car, hitting one of the shooters. When the limo crashed, Drops promised to cover for Aaron and had him run from the scene and dispose of the gun. He then claimed that only he and Champ had been in the car (the girl they picked up had been kicked out of the car by Champ and died). Eventually, the CSIs found out the truth. Brass attempted to charge Drops with the murder of the shooter he hit, but, as the lawyer pointed out, the ballistic report showed the he fired after being shot at, which is "textbook self-defense". Though it was indeed declared self-defense, Drops was later charged with a minor weapons misdemeanor and was sent to low security prison.
|CSI:Crime Scene Investigation|