Actress Felicia "Snoop" Pearson of the hit HBO series The Wire is behind bars and without bail after dozens of people were arrested for allegedly conspiring to sell and distribute heroin in Baltimore.
The 30-year-old Pearson was taken into custody on a state warranton conspiring to distribute heroin and aiding and abetting, according to the Baltimore Sun. During the arraignment, Pearson argued the judge and claimed she would not be a flight risk.
Prosecutor[s] accused her of helping to bankroll the suspected drug organization. "I have no money," she told Judge John Addison Howard. "Check my bank account. I have no money." When the prosecutor argued that Pearson travels frequently for her job, the 30-year-old actress angrily shot back, "How can I go anywhere? Everybody knows my name."
Howard answered that is the precise reason for holding her without bail. "You are a good actress. … Everybody knows your name. People change names. They …"
Pearson interrupted: "I can’t change my face."
"Well, you can change your appearance," the judge responded. "I’ve seen the episodes of The Wire in which you appear. You look very different than you do here today, and I’m not talking about the jumpsuit, I’m talking about your general appearance."
The Associated Press adds: "The judge mentioned that the state has audio of Pearson putting in a large amount of money to fund the drug operation."
Pearson has a very troubled history with the law. At 14-years-old, she was convicted of second degree murder and released from prison after serving a six-and-a-half year sentence. She also was arrested recently for refusing to testify in a murder trial, reports the Washington Post.
The Wire ran from 2002 to 2008 and was filmed in Baltimore, putting a spotlight on the city's struggle with drug violence. Pearson's character—also named "Snoop"—was hardcore killer for a drug gang. "Snoop" was one of several Black gay characters in the series—homothug and stickup artist Omar Little became a pop culture icon—and Pearson attracted a cult following for playing television's first unapologetic Black, butch lesbian. "Snoop" was famously killed off by actor Tristan Wilds, who played a reluctant young assassin.
Pearson was described as "one of [the] rare openly gay Black actress in Hollywood." In a 2008 interview with Jasmyne Cannick, Pearson said she "really wouldn’t know" anything about homophobia or discrimination in Hollywood. And on the deeply-entrenched homophobia in the Black community, Pearson said she had "no thoughts. It doesn’t come around me."