Chart-topping rapper DMX was arrested and released this week on weapons charges in New Jersey after his uncle and manager suffered a gunshot wound.Both DMX (real name Earl Simmons) and his wife Tashera were arrested on Wednesday in Teaneck, New Jersey after police say they seized an assault weapon, hollow-nose bullets, a high-capacity clip, and drug paraphernalia during a search of their home. Teaneck Detective Sergeant Michael Falvey told MTV News that police searched the rapper's home after DMX's uncle and manager, Ray Copeland, was shot in the foot in nearby Fort Lee, New Jersey. Both DMX and his wife stand charged of possession of hollow-nose bullets, possession of an assault weapon, possession of a high-capacity magazine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. DMX also faces a charge of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose as Fort Lee police state that as a convicted felon, DMX cannot legally own a weapon. Fort Lee police told MTV News that the search of DMX's
home was sparked by their investigation into Saturday's shooting and noted that the investigation is still ongoing and that they have not yet named a suspect.After issuing a warrant for the couple's arrest on Monday, police say the rapper and his wife turned up at police headquarters on Wednesday to face the charges. They were soon released on $50,000 bail. During their search of DMX's home, Teaneck police also claim to have found a bulletproof vest and 14 pit bulls, 13 of which were kept in cages in the basement. Lyor Cohen, COO of Def Jam Records (which handles DMX), went to police headquarters with the rapper on Wednesday and told MTV News that DMX vigorously denies the charges against him. Cohen added that the rapper feels violated by the search and saddened that police have confiscated his dogs. Cohen says that DMX is currently fishing with his family, where he will remain until he returns to the studio. The rapper, who recently topped the pack of Source Hip-Hop
Music Award nominees with five nods, is expected to release a new album just before Christmas.