*When it rains, it pours for DMX.

Days after returning to national headlines for a scrapped church gig and a tell-all book announcement from his wife, authorities in Arizona say the rapper has been arrested for allegedly violating his probation by using drugs.

The artist, whose real name is Earl Simmons, had served about half of his 18-month supervised probation when he was hauled back into the downtown Phoenix jail Tuesday night.

He had been released in May after serving a 90-day bid for felony convictions including cruelty to animals, theft and two drug counts. He pleaded guilty to those charges in late December.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says his deputies have arrested Simmons a total of five times, including an August 2007 raid on the rapper’s north Phoenix home where they found 12 neglected dogs, three buried dogs, drugs and a cache of weapons.

In 2008, Simmons was arrested for speeding on a Phoenix freeway and allegedly going to a Scottsdale clinic and giving a false name to receive care with the intent of not paying.