Thursday, March 10, 2011

Not Terribly Surprising: Cast Member of "The Wire" Arrested

Posted By on Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Part of what made The Wire such an amazing show was the tension in that some of the actors seems plausibly threatening enough to commit the real life versions of their televised crimes. When Snoop is rattling off information about how she might be able to use a nail gun to kill people, it was beyond just being believable. Unfortunately, it looks like Snoop might have slipped back into the troubled past that informed her work on The Wire, according to the Baltimore Sun:

More than 60 people, including the actress known as "Snoop" from the Baltimore-based HBO series "The Wire," were arrested Thursday morning across the city and its surrounding counties in connection with a large-scale heroin and marijuana operation.

Raids were carried out in the pre-dawn hours by agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore police and a slew of other federal and state law enforcement agencies.

Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, known for her drug-assassin character on "The Wire," was taken into custody at a downtown apartment on a state warrant, officials said.

The actress has a troubled past, which served as the basis for her memoir, Grace After Midnight. In 1996, when she was 16, she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for fatally shooting Okia "Kia" Toomer during a fight in Baltimore and was sentenced to eight years in prison. More recently, she refused to testify as a witness at a murder trial and was arrested at her then-Northeast Baltimore home.

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