DMX Arrested In Arizona Again; Fraud Scheme Investigated

DMX was arrested in Arizona for the second time in a little over 24 hours today (May 9), after authorities raided his home again in Cave Creek on felony drug charges and misdemeanor animal abuse charges.

According to reports, agents under Phoenix, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s watch arrested DMX around 3:00 am this morning after a seven month investigation into animal abuse charges, stemming from an August, 2007 raid of the rapper’s home.

Police found 12 malnourished dogs on the rapper’s property, as well as three other carcasses of dogs who had been burned and buried.

Today, the rapper was charged with seven misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and four felony charges of possessing drugs.

While details were not revealed, police said they seized a number of weapons and drugs, as well as five more pitbull mixed puppies during today‘s raid, which resulted in additional charges against DMX.

Police said that DMX, born Earl Simmons, barricaded himself in his bedroom during the search, but eventually came out on orders from the tactical unit.

While details are sketchy, police have also revealed that they are serving a search warrant on the Mayo Clinic, regarding a potential fraud scheme involving DMX.

The Mayo Clinic specializes in specialty and surgical care for humans.

"A guy like this DMX character with all his money and fame has no excuse for not providing proper care for his animals," Sheriff Joe Arpaio said.

DMX was also arrested on May 6, after Arizona police photographed the rapper driving in excess of 100 MPH on a local highway in January, with a suspended license.