Rapper DMX Arrested on Animal-Cruelty, Drug Charges

Cops take pit bull pups, find cocaine, marijuana, guns at Arizona pad
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2008 5:22 PM CDT
This undated booking photo provided Wednesday, May 7, 2008 by the Arizona Department of Public Safety shows rapper DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons.   (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Public Safety)
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(Newser) – Police arrested rapper DMX early this morning on animal-abuse and drug charges, the Arizona Republic reports. Police seized five pit bull puppies, and unknown quantities of marijuana and cocaine from the house northeast of Phoenix.

According to a lawyer for the man otherwise known as Earl Simmons, the raid wasn't unexpected after authorities seized 12 dogs in August, which tests showed weren't being properly cared for. There is, however, no evidence DMX used the dogs in fights. (Read more DMX stories.)