Despite some media reports to the contrary, DMX did not "smuggle drugs" into prison, according to both a representative for DMX and a spokesman for the Arizona Department of Corrections.
Though the public inmate record for DMX (real name: Earl Simmons) shows a disciplinary infraction on June 30 for failing or refusing a drug test, and an infraction April 5 for possession of drugs or narcotics, ADOC spokesman Barrett Marson told media, "He did not smuggle drugs into prison. He failed a drug test. I don't know what drugs he took, but that's it. He...will now be released on July 19th."
Phoenix New Times spoke with DMX's manager this morning, and are working to procure an interview with the rapper regarding the drug allegations within the next few days. Back in January, Phoenix New Times chronicled DMX's tribulations in a cover story, and also debuted exclusive unreleased DMX tracks on Up on the Sun.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.