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
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