Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson pleads guilty to drug conspiracy charge

Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson pleads guilty to drug conspiracy charge

Felicia “Snoop” Pearson, who played a drug gang member with the same nickname on the TV series, “The Wire,” has pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge. Pearson was charged with the drug crime during a crackdown called “Operation Usual Suspects.” Last March, 64 people were arrested in Baltimore for drug crimes. Pearson was accused of conspiring to distribute heroin. She allegedly told two associates that they could keep drugs and money in her apartment.

Pearson was not suspected to have a large role in the illegal drug operation so she was allowed to enter a guilty plea in exchange for a seven-year suspended sentence. She was also given credit for time already served. Pearson will have to go to jail for the remainder of the seven-year sentence if she violates the terms of her probation in the next three years.

Pearson says that she plans to move to Los Angeles to continue with her acting career and to help her stay out of trouble. Pearson was born to parents addicted to crack and was in foster care before being adopted. She sold drugs before she was a teenager, and killed a fellow teenage girl when she was fourteen during a fight. Pearson went to jail for second-degree murder. She sold drugs after getting out of jail until she got a job on “The Wire.”

Pearson’s attorney said that his client fell back in with her old crowd after the show ended. He said that the people she was associated with who were arrested for selling heroin had essentially raised her when she was a kid on the streets. Pearson’s plea will allow her to travel to other states to work on her career. She said she would have been found not guilty, but she wanted to move on with her life, rather than undergo a trial.

Source: BBC, “The Wire’s Felicia ‘Snoop’ Pearson in guilty drugs plea,” Aug. 10, 2011

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