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Drug Possession Charges

02.11.01

-Original Date: 03.06.00

 

Rapper DMX was arrested for driving without a license and marijuana possession in Cheektowaga, New York Friday following a Cash Money/Ruff Ryders concert in Buffalo on Thursday night.

DMX, who was booked under his given name of Earl Simmons, was originally pulled over by authorities for failing to signal and for speeding, as he was apparently clocked at doing 60 mph in a 45 mph zone on the Kensington Expressway, according to a Cheektowaga police spokesperson.

Upon stopping DMX, police discovered that the rapper was driving without a license, which Department of Motor Vehicle records indicated had been previously suspended after Simmons was caught driving without insurance. During a search of the car, Cheektowaga authorities told MTV News that they also found a small amount of pot.

DMX was booked on Friday and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle (considered to be the most serious charge in the case), driving without a license, speeding, failure to signal, failure to notify the DMV of an address change, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

The rapper was released Friday after posting $2,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in a Cheektowaga court on March 21 to answer the charges. The Cash Money/Ruff Ryders tour, featuring DMX, Eve, Juvenile, and the Hot Boyz concludes on March 19 in Hartford, Connecticut.

Despite the arrest, DMX did appear at the Cash Money/Ruff Ryders show on Friday night in Philadelphia, then traveled to Los Angeles to perform "Party Up" at the Soul Train Music Awards on Saturday.

—David Basham