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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson of 'The Wire' arrested

By Jen Chaney
Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson: back in trouble with the law in real life. (Marvin Joseph/Washington Post)

Felicia "Snoop" Pearson -- the young woman who was plucked off the Baltimore streets and cast as the ruthless assassin Snoop on HBO's "The Wire" -- was arrested early this morning as part of a massive drug bust in Baltimore. Pearson was taken into custody on a state warrant, according to the Baltimore Sun.

This is not the first time Pearson, 30, has been in trouble with the law. At 14, she was convicted of second degree murder and released from prison after serving a six-and-a-half year sentence. And, according to the Sun, she also was arrested recently for refusing to testify in a murder trial.

Ironically, it's her street cred that led to her being discovered and cast on "The Wire." Michael K. Williams, who played Omar, spotted her at a Baltimore club and decided she should be on the critically acclaimed series about the politics of crime in the Maryland city.

"They saved my life," Pearson said of the show's producers in a Post profile that ran back in 2007, almost four years ago to this date. "The route I was going was, I was going backwards again. God works in mysterious ways, that's all I can say. Thank God."

There is no information yet about the specific charges she faces.

By Jen Chaney  | March 10, 2011; 12:15 PM ET
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Let's see, murder and obstruction of justice give her the street cred, at least from the perspective of Hollywood morons, to become a television actress.

Career falters. It must have seemed logical to get arrested on drug charges. That should be plenty to revive her fortunes with the folks running the entertainment industry.

Posted by: PigSkin | March 10, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

:l Yeah, that's Bawlmer.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | March 10, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

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