I don’t smoke weed anymore, but I certainly look forward to the day this country gets on with life and decriminalizes possession of the stuff, because it’s just getting tedious now. DMX – he of the ‘Ruff Ryders Anthem’ and real name Earl Simmons – was arrested for having a bag of marijuana in the passenger door of his car during a “routine” traffic stop (don’t even get me started). (Also, how old is DMX now? Damn!)
The arrest in Greer, South Carolina, comes four weeks after he was charged with drunken driving in Greenville, just one town away.
DMX — whose real name is Earl Simmons — was a passenger in a Ford F-350 truck stopped by police for allegedly making an improper lane change Tuesday night, according to the police report.
The police report said the officer immediately recognized Simmons, 42, and knew that there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest for failure to appear in court for a previous charge.
The officer reported seeing “a bag of green plant material I knew to be marijuana” on the passenger door where Simmons was sitting. The rapper denied it was his and then told police he “had breathing trouble.”
“At this point, Mr. Simmons became very aggressive with his words and was making multiple idle threats,” the police report said. “The smell of alcohol coming from his person became very strong.”
Simmons was placed under arrest for the warrant and also cited for simple possession of marijuana. He was booked into the Greer jail, but released on bail hours later, a police spokesman said.
The artist’s publicist defended DMX in a written statement to CNN Wednesday.
“Although officers pulled them over for a minor traffic violation, DMX was asked to step outside so they can search the vehicle,” Domenick Nati said. “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.”
Hmm, so did he actually have weed with him? Is he guilty? Does anyone care? Here, let’s all enjoy this: