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Gang Member From The Wire Arrested In Real-Life Drug Raid

March 10, 2011  |  4:06pm
Gang Member From <i>The Wire</i> Arrested In Real-Life Drug Raid

Felicia Pearson, known as “Snoop” on the acclaimed television series The Wire, was arrested last night during a raid that occurred in her hometown of Baltimore, Md.

The Baltimore Sun has reported that: “More than 30 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.”

Pearson’s character on The Wire was partially based off her real-life experiences growing up. As she detailed in her 2007 memoir Grace After Midnight, the actress had been raised by a mother who was a drug addict. She later became a drug dealer and at age 14 killed a teenager — a crime for which she served time in Jessup State Penitentiary.

Upon being released from prison, Pearson ran into a cast member from The Wire one night at a Baltimore nightclub. The chance encounter eventually led to “Snoop” becoming a cast member herself from 2004-2008.

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