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'The Wire' actor pleads guilty to drug crime

An actor from "The Wire" has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin. Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, 31, was charged with the drug crime during a March crackdown called "Operation Usual Suspects." Sixty-four people were arrested during the operation. Pearson was accused of allowing heroin that had been purchased in bulk to be stored at her apartment prior to distribution on the streets. She also allegedly let the drug distributors store cash at her home.

It was not believed by law enforcement that Pearson's role in the drug operation was a large one, so she was offered a plea deal. In exchange for pleading guilty to the drug crime, Pearson was given a seven-year suspended sentence, with credit for time already served. If Pearson violates the terms of her probation within the next three years, she will have to go to jail to serve the sentence.

Pearson played a drug gang killer in the TV drama series, "The Wire," a show examining the gritty underbelly of Baltimore, including crime, drug addiction, poverty, law enforcement, politics and corruption -- and how all these elements are woven together.

Pearson was selling drugs before she was cast on the show. Earlier, she had spent time in prison for second-degree murder for killing another girl when she was a teen. She was born to a mother addicted to crack and was in foster care before being adopted. She has since written a memoir and plans to continue with her acting career. She said she plans to move to Los Angeles to work on her career and to get away from her old associates in order to better stay out of trouble.

Source: BBC, "The Wire's Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson in guilty drugs plea," Aug. 10, 2011

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