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'Wire' actress pleads guilty in drug case

  1. Docta
    art_snoop1-420x0.jpg BALTIMORE (AP) — An actress who played a Baltimore drug gang assassin in HBO's "The Wire" pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to distribute heroin, caught by a wiretap in a joint federal-state drug probe of an alleged drug gang.

    Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, 31, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin, a day before her trial was set to begin. Judge Lawrence Fletcher-Hill accepted the plea, suspending a seven-year sentence with credit for time served and ordering three years of supervised probation with provisions for out-of-state travel for work.

    The plea allows Pearson to move on with her acting career, instead of spending more than a year with charges hanging over her, attorney Benjamin C. Sutley said outside the courthouse.

    "I can't say she would have been found not guilty," Sutley said. But Pearson interrupted, saying "I would have been found not guilty."

    Pearson was one of 64 people charged in March in "Operation Usual Suspects." The federal indictment states that since 2008, members of the conspiracy bought heroin from New York and marijuana from California and sold the drugs on the streets of Baltimore. As part of the conspiracy, the indictment alleges, members discussed how those who failed to perform required tasks were dealt with violently.

    Pearson was caught on a wiretap conspiring with Shawn Johnson and Jeff Gibbs, who bought heroin in bulk from New York and distributed the drugs in Baltimore, according to a statement of charges read aloud in court by prosecutor Rebecca Finn. Johnson paid Pearson to store drugs and money, including drug proceeds, at her apartment in the city, Finn said.

    When another member of the alleged conspiracy was kidnapped by rival dealers, Johnson told him to go to Pearson's apartment to get money pay a ransom, Finn said. Police interrupted the abduction outside Pearson's apartment and found heroin in the abducted man's car, she said. Informants also told investigators that Pearson occasionally sold heroin for Johnson, Finn said.

    Some of the people involved in the wider case helped take care of Pearson when she was a teen, but she has now "learned a valuable lesson about how some loyalties you keep and others drag you down," Sutley said.

    Pearson said she knows everyone in Baltimore. Asked how she'll avoid falling into the same situation in the future, Pearson said, "I'm moving to L.A."

    Pearson, who wore retro-style glasses with a black-and-white checked shirt and a red paisley bow tie to court, said she is working on two movies. She later updated her followers on Twitter, "I'm FREE."

    "The Wire," which ran from 2002 to 2008, was filmed in Baltimore and put a spotlight on the city's struggle with poverty and drug violence through the stories of the city's police, drug organizations, schools, politicians and media. Pearson's character, which shares the nickname "Snoop," knocks off several people for the fictitious Stanfield drug gang.

    This was not Pearson's first brush with the law. She was convicted of second-degree murder in a slaying committed when she was 14. She served five years of an eight-year sentence and was released in 2000. Pearson was arrested on a minor drug charge in 2008 when police went to her home to pick her up for refusing to cooperate as a witness in a murder trial. She was found not guilty.

    SeattlePI Monday, August 8, 2011


  1. darkcharmer
    "Operation Usual Suspects?" Let me guess, the "Usual Suspects" (including Felicia) are ethnic minorities? It seems likely that most of these arrests were of black and hispanic people. It's like they're not even trying to hide that race is one of the biggest motivators of the drug war. Not that it's a secret anyway: after all, the ban on marijuana came partially because white people didn't like that "lazy Mexicans use it."

    Funny that there's a virtually equal drug use rate per capita use among all ethnicities, yet the vast majority of drug incarcerations are of black people, despite the fact that they're a small minority of the population. Source: Office of National Drug Control Policy - Minorities and Drugs: Facts & Figures (google it, since outside link-posting is not allowed).

    God, "Operation Usual Suspects." Hiding racism fail, DEA.
  2. Moving Pictures
    ^Get over yourself, dude. The vast majority of dealers are black.
  3. darkcharmer
    Possibly. That would also explain the statistic. I don't care enough to look it up though, to be quite honest, as it's all just a diversion from the real point: that the drug war is nonsense regardless of motive. I was initially just a bit incredulous (and a little amused) that they would call it "Operation Usual Suspects." It was like OIL - Operation Iraqi Liberation, you know, a double-entendre government operation name that seems like it's revealing some sort of underlying motive.

    Also, why "get over yourself?" That suggests I'm being conceited, and I don't see the connection. I'm definitely open to advice, I'm just not sure what you mean. No sarcasm here, I'm serious (I mean, look at my post count - if I weren't open to advice at this point I'd be an asshole).
  4. urkuh
    http://perezhilton.com/2011-08-09-actress-from-the-wire-changes-plea-in-drug-case-to-guilty This is a gossip site, that I like to read;)
    But the part that upset me the most was the comments.

    I kinda agree with darkcharmer, though. I was in jail the night before. (read the comments, I'm psftxerica) & it was crazy with all the people. While I'm white, everybody that came in was black... The fact they named it that, is kind of ignorant. I actually saw Snoop coming out of the commissioner's officer, while I was in a holding cell, to see him. (She saw him before me, but was arrested 12 hours later. ha.. )

    I hope I don't upset anybody for adding my 2cents in on this, but it just got me upset. Mainly, the fact that people are judging the situation when they have no clue about the case what's so ever. I never said she was innocent nor guilty, I just don't like when people assume, so I made the point that just because she plead guilty, doesn't mean she was. (get 20 years for pleading not guilty & losing trail... or 3 years probation for pleading guilty?) ANY PERSON, with priors like that, sadly, wouldn't win that case... even when they were innocent. & then I get called an idiot for saying it & speaking my mind.
    I wish the American public would open their eyes, stop being so damn racist & ignorant, & stop believing the propaganda. (sorry, haha, but it got my blood boiling)
    Sorry if my post is irrelevant.
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