[artist id="1325"]DMX[/artist] has been transferred to the mental-health unit of an Arizona prison facility, according to a report.
The troubled rapper (born Earl Simmons) was arrested in November after a probation violation stemming from his most-recent supervised release. DMX served a short four-month sentence in Maricopa County Jail for a separate violation. The Yonkers, New York, native has had several run-ins with the law in that state, including six arrests.
His latest violation occurred when X refused to undergo treatment after officials discovered he tested positive for cocaine in his system at least five times while he was on probation.
The rapper was charged with felony probation violation and later pleaded guilty in a Phoenix courtroom.
The judge handling his case warned the rapper that his mental state was contributing to his deviant behavior. Earlier this month, Judge Christine Mulleneaux described DMX as having "an undiagnosed mental condition." The judge then ordered him back to prison for one year.
According to the
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href="http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2010/12/dmx_moved_to_mental_health_uni.php" target="_blank">Phoenix New Times, just before the holidays, X was transferred to the Flamenco Mental Health Unit at Alhambra, a division of Arizona State Prison Complex. Records indicate the move occurred December 20, and the rapper will not be allowed visitors for 30 days.
As of press time, it was unclear whether X will undergo any type of evaluation of if the former Ruff Ryders star is simply being observed while he goes through a detoxing period.