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Actress from 'The Wire' pleads not guilty to drug conspiracy

It's one of those odd moments where it's hard to tell whether art is reflecting life or life is reflecting art. Last March, a post on the blog discussed how the actress who played Snoop on "The Wire" was arrested and charged with drug crimes in real life.

Recently, Felicia "Snoop" Pearson pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to distribute heroin. Pearson was arrested along with 60 other people in a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) crackdown on a heroin and marijuana distribution ring known as Operation Usual Suspects. Pearson's attorney claims that she is guilty by association, but that is all.

"The Wire" takes a close look at poverty and drug violence in Baltimore, the city where it is based. The creator of the show, David Simon, believes that two different Americas exist in our country and the show demonstrates these worlds and the ways in which they collide or fuel each other. He also believes that the drug war in the U.S. is a war on the underclass. He said that Pearson has the right to be judged by a jury of her peers in a fair trial, but implied that it is difficult in this split America to get that fair trial by a jury of actual peers.

Simon has defended Pearson, saying that she was a hard worker and professional on the show despite facing terrible hardships in her life. Pearson was born to parents who were incarcerated and addicted to drugs. Pearson grew up in foster homes. When she was 14, she killed another girl during a fight and went to jail after being convicted of second degree murder. Pearson says that she turned her life around in prison and earned her GED. She writes about all these experiences in her recently published memoir, "Grace After Midnight."


The Wire's Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson Pleads Not Guilty to Drug Charges (New York Magazine)

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