Rapper DMX Arrested Yet Again, This Time for Allegedly Using Cocaine

Earl Simmons, also known as DMX.
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
Earl Simmons, also known as DMX.

PHOENIX (CBS/AP) Rapper DMX was arrested for allegedly violating his probation by using drugs including cocaine. Arizona officials say this is now the fifth time deputies have arrested him.

DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, had served about half of an18-month probation when he was arrested Tuesday night and booked in the downtown Phoenix jail.

In an August 2007 raid on Simmons' home, police found 12 neglected dogs, three buried dogs, drugs and a reserve of weapons. The rapper served a 90-day sentence for felony convictions including cruelty to animals, theft and two drug counts. He was released from jail in May.

County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose deputies have arrested Simmons numerous times told The Arizona Republic, "The irony is that the dogs he's abused have done more time than this guy has done with so many different violations, including assaulting one of my officers," Arpaio said. "That's not fair."

Arpaio seized a few dogs from the rapper during the 2007 raid. He put them in a safe shelter and says that he hopes they are living better than DMX will.

"I may double bunk him, but I don't double bunk the dogs," said the sheriff, who has not yet decided where to place Simmons. "They've got their single-cell."