Rapper DMX was arrested outside a South Florida Wal-Mart by Miami police Thursday afternoon (August 14) in connection with a bench warrant issued earlier this week by an Arizona judge, according to TMZ.com.
The bench warrant, which authorizes the immediate on-sight arrest of the accused by any civil authority, was issued Tuesday afternoon by the Maricopa County Superior Court after the rapper failed to appear at a pretrial conference related to his pending drug case. At the time, a source close to DMX told MTV News that he didn’t appear because he had checked into rehab .
The rapper’s public defender, Charles Kozelka, told the gossip site that he was working out a way for DMX to surrender when the arrest occurred.
DMX (born Earl Simmons) was originally supposed to appear to defend himself against one count of marijuana possession and four counts of drug-paraphernalia possession, all relating to a raid on his Arizona home in May. The rapper is also slated to appear in court within the month to defend himself against seven counts of animal cruelty and charges that he gave an Arizona clinic fake personal identification .
In addition to the warrant, Commissioner Phemonia Miller originally raised the rapper’s bond to $25,000 as a penalty for his failure to show in court on Tuesday. It is unknown whether X will continue to be held in a Miami jail or extradited to Arizona.