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Actress from 'The Wire' facing real-life drug charges

An actress who played a drug gang member in the television series, "The Wire," has been arrested on charges of conspiring to sell heroin. The 30-year-old actress, Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, was arrested on March 10 during a Drug Enforcement Agency operation.

The pre-dawn raids resulted in 38 arrests for drug charges. In total, the joint state-federal "Operation Usual Suspects" resulted in 64 people who are suspected of involvement in an east Baltimore drug gang being charged with drug crimes.

Pearson played a violent member of a drug gang in Baltimore on "The Wire" who was also named Snoop, but Pearson's attorney says that she is innocent and the victim of "guilt by association" and perhaps "talking to the wrong people."

The creator of "The Wire," David Simon, has also spoken up in support of Pearson, saying that she grew up in incredibly hard circumstances, with everything against her, but that she is a great actress and a professional who works hard. He points out the hard truth that there aren't many stories being told about the "other America," or the one that Pearson grew up in.

Pearson spent five years in jail for killing another girl during a fight when she was 14. Pearson said she turned her life around in prison and earned her GED. She met an actor from "The Wire" after prison and was hired on the show after auditioning. The show ran from 2002 to 2008 and took an in-depth look at poverty and drug-related violence in Baltimore.


'The Wire's' Snoop Facing Drug Charges (ABC News)

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