The Wire Actress To Plead Guilty In Drug Case
August 8, 2011 by Post Team
The Wire Actress To Plead Guilty In Drug Case, An actress who played a murderer Baltimore drug gang on HBO “The Wire,” pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to distribute heroin, captured by a wiretap on a drug investigation of joint federal-state band of an alleged drug.
Felicia “Snoop” Pearson, 31, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin, a day before her trial was set to begin. Judge Lawrence Fletcher-Hill accepted the statement, the suspension of a seven-year sentence with credit for time served and ordered three years of supervised probation with the provisions for out of state travel for work.
The plea Pearson can pursue her acting career, instead of spending more than a year with the charges hanging over her, the lawyer Benjamin C. Sutley said outside the courthouse.
“I can not say it had been found not guilty,” said Sutley. But Pearson interrupted saying: “I would have been declared not guilty.”
Pearson was one of 64 people charged in March in “The Usual Suspects of operation.” The federal indictment since 2008, members of the conspiracy in New York bought heroin and marijuana in California and sold drugs on the streets of Baltimore. As part of the conspiracy, the indictment alleges, members discussed how they could not perform the required tasks were treated with violence.
Pearson was caught on a wiretap conspiring with Shawn Johnson and Jeff Gibbs, who bought heroin in most of New York and distributed the drug in Baltimore, according to a statement of charges read aloud in court by Attorney Rebecca Finn. Pearson paid Johnson to store drugs and money, including drug profits in her apartment in the city, said Finn.
When rival traffickers kidnapped another member of the alleged conspiracy, Johnson told him to Pearson’s apartment to get money to pay a ransom, said Finn. The police stopped the kidnapping was Pearson’s apartment and found the heroin in the car of the kidnapped man, she said. The informant also told investigators that Pearson occasionally sold heroin to Johnson, said Finn.
Some of the people involved in the general case of Pearson helped care as a teenager, but now she has “learned a valuable lesson about how some loyalties remain and others that drag,” said Sutley.
Pearson said he knows everyone in Baltimore. Asked how he will avoid falling into the same situation in the future, Pearson said, “I am moving to LA”
Pearson, wearing retro glasses with a black shirt and white plaid and red paisley tie bow at the court, said he is working on two films. He later updated her followers on Twitter, “I am free.”
“The Wire,” which ran from 2002 to 2008, was filmed in Baltimore, and put a spotlight on the city’s struggle with poverty and drug violence through the stories of the city police, civil drugs, schools, politicians and the media. Pearson’s character, which shares the nickname “Snoop”, a discount of several people of the fictional drug gang Stanfield.
This was not the first brush with the law Pearson. She was convicted of second-degree murder in a murder committed when he was 14. She served five years of an eight-year sentence and was released in 2000. Pearson was arrested on a misdemeanor drug in 2008, when police went to her house to pick her up for refusing to cooperate as a witness in a murder trial. She was found not guilty.
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