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Rapper DMX Arrested Third Time This Year in South Carolina

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Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 11:43 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Rapper DMX has been arrested for the third time this year in South Carolina, the latest on Tuesday night for marijuana possession and an arrest warrant.

Earl Simmons, the real name of the "Ruff Ryders Anthem" performer, became combative when law enforcement officers informed him about his arrest warrant after the truck he was a passenger in was initially stopped for a traffic violation, reported CNN.

During the traffic stop, one officer recognized Simmons, 42, and knew he had an outstanding arrest warrant. An officer reported that he saw "a bag of green plant material I knew to be marijuana" on the passenger door where Simmons was sitting.

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"At this point, Mr. Simmons became very aggressive with his words and was making multiple idle threats," police wrote in the report of the traffic stop. "The smell of alcohol coming from his person became very strong."

Police placed Simmons under arrest for the warrant and also cited the rapper for simple possession of marijuana. Simmons was bailed out of the Greer County jail several hours later. The truck's driver, Anitra Rhodes, 39, the rapper's assistant, was charged with improper lane change and simple possession of marijuana, according to CNN.

"Although officers pulled them over for a minor traffic violation, DMX was asked to step outside so they can search the vehicle," Domenick Nati, Simmons publicist told CNN in a statement. "Officers then claimed that they found bags of marijuana in the floorboard and arrested X. No drugs were found on DMX or the other passengers and the alleged bags of marijuana were never shown to DMX or the other passengers."

Simmons was arrested in the early morning hours of July 26 by South Carolina state highway patrol on a DUI, reported TMZ.com. He spent less than an hour in the Greenville County Detention Center before being released.

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On Feb. 13, Simmons, who had his five-month-old daughter with him, was taken to Spartanburg Detention Center about 2 a.m. after police arrested him for driving without a license, according to TMZ.com.

"No, I didn't have a license ... put the cuffs on me. Brought me here. I paid the money. Basically, just five hours wasted for nothing," Simmons told a local television station after the incident.

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