DMX Slapped With Dogfighting, Drug Charges

The SWAT team arrested the rapper after he barricaded himself in his Ariz. home.

ByABC News
May 9, 2008, 4:01 PM

PHOENIX -- May 9, 2008— -- Rapper DMX was arrested for the second time in aweek Friday, this time after he was indicted on felony drugpossession and misdemeanor animal cruelty charges.

A SWAT team with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office raidedDMX's north Phoenix home at about 3 a.m. to serve arrest and searchwarrants and take him into custody on the indictment, sheriff'sspokesman Capt. Paul Chagolla said.

DMX, whose real name is EarlSimmons, tried to barricade himself in his bedroom as a SWAT teamentered but then came out.

He made an initial court appearance Friday where bail was sentat $7,500, said his local attorney, Cameron Morgan. Morgan said heexpected bail to be posted quickly.

The indictment stems from an August search of the rapper's homeprompted by reports of dogs being abused on his property.Detectives seized 12 pit bull dogs and dug up the remains of threeothers on the rural property.

Detectives also said they found marijuana.

During Friday's raid, officials said more drugs were found andweapons seized and additional charges were possible.

Simmons' New York lawyer, Murray Richman, said he told hisclient to expect such a raid after his efforts to make DMXavailable to law enforcement were rebuffed.

"I anticipated it, I explained to my client what was going tohappen," Richman said. "I think that the animal cruelty is notgoing to be able to be established and I think that this is SheriffJoe's moment."

Sheriff Joe Arpaio has made stopping animal cruelty a majorissue. He converted one of the county's air-conditioned jails intoan animal shelter and moved the inmates into tents.

"A guy like this DMX character with all his money and fame hasno excuse for not providing proper care for his animals," thesheriff said in a statement.

Sheriff's deputies made a series of visits to the rapper's homein August after receiving reports of neglected pit bulls. Theyfound a caretaker who had been hired to care for the animals.

Richman said that DMX was not in Arizona in the weeks leading upto the initial raid.