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March 11, 2011

The Wire's Snoop spars with judge, gets no bail

Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, the high-profile capture from Thursday's sweeping drug bust, battled with a Baltimore judge today in her first court appearance since being charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin.

[Read about Pearson's troubled history]

Here's one exchanged with Judge John Addison Howard, after a prosecutor accused her of helping to bankroll the suspected drug organization (photo of Pearson at left is by The Sun's Kim Hairston).

“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 also can …”

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.”

More details, and the response from her lawyer, Paul W. Gardner:

Gardner disputed the state’s allegations that his client funded even part of a drug organization. “I find that not credible,” he said. “I can tell you, that’s not her composite makeup. That’s not what she’s about. Any money she would have goes right back into paying her bills and finding her next lead. That’s what she’s focused on.”

Some more details of the case:

More than 450 law enforcement officers raided 39 locations and arrested people charged both federally and by the state. On Friday, a steady-stream of defendants marched through the two courthouses, many being remanded to custody to await trial. Additional bail hearings are scheduled for next week.

The full scope of the alleged organization has yet to be revealed. Nearly all of the suspects were indicted by grand juries and thus there is no statements of probable cause that details the charges. The people brought into state court had bails pre-set, and because they were indicted, they were brought immediately into Circuit Court.

At a news conference on Thursday, authorities outlined a five-month investigation that concentrated on sales and distribution at Latrobe Homes in East Baltimore. They said dealers were active from June 2008 — the year of Pearson’s last appearance on The Wire — through March of this year, and that they used suppliers in New York and California.

All were charged either by state or federal grand juries with conspiracy to distribute heroin and marijuana, possession of heroin and with aiding and abetting a drug organization. On March 3, a week before the drug raids were planned, police arrested two of the alleged conspirators.

Posted by Peter Hermann at 6:21 PM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Courts and the justice system, East Baltimore


that is so weired that she basicly is doing what she did on the wire im from baltimore and to here this is so weired i wish i could meet her she seems really shill and layed back.

That first jail sentence for murder wasn't enough, look at her face in the picture, she's looks like "man - I'm going back to that crap and starting at the bottom of the food chain again! Didn't see this coming, except in the script I read. "
The whole damn show was a set up for this bust don't you get it?!

Want to be a thug? No bail like a thug. This jail door doesn't open or have a director saying CUT! at the end of the day. Buh Bye.

I've met and talked to this woman on a personal level and from what i've learned about her is she's all about giving back and trying to doing the right thing now. I went to a book signing that she did in richmond,va where i'm from and she used that platform to speak to the children that came out so she could tell her story and encourage them to get an education and follow their dreams. I think she has a good heart! she didn't use that time to promote her book or any other ventures she may have had going on. if she is guilty of what she's being accussed of i'd say she made a bad choice but let the courts and a jury of her peers determine her guilt. we don't know all the facts and unless we were there we never will. let's not convict her already based on her past. everyone deserves a their day in court

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About Peter Hermann
Peter Hermann started covering news for The Baltimore Sun in 1990, first in Anne Arundel County and, starting in 1994, reporting on the Baltimore Police Department. In 2001, he was assigned to Jerusalem as the Baltimore Sun's Middle East correspondent. He returned in 2005 as an assistant city editor overseeing crime coverage. In 2008, Peter returned to the beat as a daily reporter and blogger. A recent BBC report featured him in a segment on the harsh realities of covering crime in Baltimore.

Coverage will focus on crime trends, problems in neighborhoods in the city and elsewhere, profiles of victims and police officers and try to offer readers a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing issues facing Baltimore and its future.

Contributing to this blog is Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005 and has covered the Baltimore City Police Department and the criminal justice system since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.’s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen, a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman, coverage of the killing of five Amish children at a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and a job swap with a British crime reporter to explore differences in crime-fighting. A special report looking into how city police handle rape cases led to sweeping reforms that changed the way sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore. He was recognized as the best reporter in Baltimore by the City Paper in 2010 and by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.

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