News: UPDATE: Sheriff Confirms DMX's Arrest Was Drug-Related, "He Admitted To Using Cocaine"

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 10:25AM

Written by Biz Jones

Troubled rapper Earl "DMX" Simmons has reportedly admitted to using illegal drug and was placed behind bars yesterday (March 10).

According to Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the rapper was taken in Tuesday.

"He admitted to using cocaine, so he's back in our jail," said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. "I think it's about time to give him hard time." The get-tough sheriff said if the rapper is serious about kicking his drug habit, the Arizona jail system -- where X has already logged time on animal cruelty and drug possession charges -- could help him get clean. "We do have a great drug prevention program in the jail, so if he stays in our jail system I will consider (letting) him go through our program," Arpaio said. (MTV)

DMX's arrest was confirmed late yesterday evening.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has confirmed to myfoxphoenix.com that Earl Simmons was arrested Tuesday by Adult Probation officers and charged with five counts of probation violation. (My Fox News)

Initial reports suggested his arrest was drug-related.

DMX was arrested earlier today in Arizona -- and now his lawyer is reaching out to the one man who he believes can save him ... Dr. Drew Pinsky. The details of the arrest are unclear -- but the rapper's lawyer Gary Jenkins tells us "He's been battling addiction for some time and he's in need of treatment." Jenkins also tells us, "We're hoping that maybe Dr. Drew might be able to help him." (TMZ)

He was released from a 90-day prison stint last May.

DMX spent time in jail in 2009 on charges of drug possession,animal cruelty and theft, stemming from various arrests in 2008. After his release in May 2009 he was sentenced to 18 months probation for verbally threatening a guard during his stint in prison. (Fox 23 News)

No further details have been provided as of now.

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