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Snoop from "The Wire" arrested in Baltimore drug raid

In an ironic twist, the actress who played the role of a hit-man in a Baltimore drug gang was recently arrested in a series of drug raids by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration. Felicia Pearson, the actress known as Snoop from the HBO series “The Wire,” was taken into custody and is currently being held without bail in a Baltimore jail on charges of conspiring to sell heroin, as well as aiding and abetting.

Baltimore police, DEA agents and other authorities initiated the raids early in the morning on March 10, targeting locations they suspected to be linked to a large-scale heroin and marijuana operation. They charged more than 60 people, including Pearson, in the joint state-federal prosecution of an alleged drug gang.

According to authorities, Pearson and the other defendants purchased heroin from New York and marijuana from California and then sold the narcotics in Baltimore. Further, they claimed members of the conspiracy talked about how they would violently punish those who failed to perform their assigned tasks.

Pearson, 30, adamantly denied the charges. Her attorney stated he was concerned that this was a case of “guilty by association.”

Pearson’s lawyer is not the only person in her corner. David Simon, creator of “The Wire” spoke out, saying that the actress deserves sympathy and the benefit of the doubt. He noted, “The war on drugs has devolved into a war on the underclass.”

This is not the first time Pearson has been targeted by law enforcement officers. She was convicted of second-degree murder when she was 14. In 2008, she was arrested on a minor drug charge, though she was later found to be innocent.

Pearson is best known for her role in “The Wire,” which was filmed in Baltimore and ran from 2002 to 2008. The HBO crime drama focused on the city’s struggle with poverty, drug use and violence. Pearson’s character eliminates several individuals for the show’s fictitious drug gang.

Source: The Washington Post, “Felicia “Snoop” Pearson of “The Wire” arrested in Baltimore; producer David Simon questions drug war,” 10 March 2011

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