The rapper known as DMX and an accomplice were arrested at Kennedy Airport Friday afternoon for possessing crack cocaine and illegal weapons and allegedly impersonating FBI agents.
DMX, 33, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was in the parking lot for Terminals 1, 2 and 3 at the airport when he assaulted a driver in an adjacent parking lot just after 8 p.m. who was trying to steal a car, police said. Simmons allegedly walked up to the driver and told him he was an FBI agent. He then grabbed the driver’s seat belt and attempted to pull him out of the car.
Shortly afterwards, Simmons returned to his car and attempted to leave the parking lot and told the attendant that he was a federal agent. Before the gate opened, Simmons crashed through it. He was then arrested by the Port Authority police, who found a plastic bag containing multiple rocks of crack cocaine.
Simmons and Jackie Hudgins, 42, were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. They were also charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, a billy club.
Simmons was additionally charged with criminal mischief in the third degree, menacing and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and other offenses. Both Simmons and Hudgins face up to seven years in prison if convicted.
Queens Criminal Court Judge Stephen Knopf set bail at $15,000. Simmons and Hudgins are due back in court on July 23rd.
“According to the charges, the defendants crashed through a parking lot exit gate after one of the defendants falsely stated to the attendant that he was a federal agent. A billy club and rocks of crack cocaine were found inside their vehicle. The charges involve alarming and potentially dangerous conduct that resulted in damage to property and a threat to public safety,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Simmons has had numerous run-ins with the law before and spent significant time in upstate penitentiaries during his teenage years. He most recently spent two weeks in jail in Erie County for driving without a license, where he was fined $1,000 for throwing a food tray at a guard.
Under his stage name DMX, Simmons is the only artist in the history of the Billboard charts to debut his first five albums at number one. His hit songs include, “Ruff Ryders Anthem” and “What’s My Name?”