Snoop freed from city jail
Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, the drug dealer turned actress who was indicted last month in a wide-ranging drug conspiracy, will be released from the city jail after a hastily-called hearing this afternoon in Baltimore Circuit Court.
Pearson, who gained fame for her role on HBO's "The Wire," was among more than 60 people charged in a drug conspiracy case and had been ordered held without bond by Judge John Addison Howard at a hearing at which she did not have a lawyer present. Her initial attorney, Paul Gardner, launched a "Free Snoop" campaign on YouTube, then was replaced with attorney Benjamin Sutley, who said last week that the prospects of her release appeared dim.
Sutley said he negotiated with prosecutors into the night Thursday, and Pearson will be on electronic ankle bracelet monitoring through a Towson-based company. The terms of her release allow her to travel to Philadelphia to film a movie.
"We had a lot of discussions, but mostly it was just about legitimizing that, if she gets out, she'll be working and she's not a flight risk," Sutley said. "We were able to get her before Judge Howard, and he agreed."
Pearson is charged with helping bankroll a heroin operation in the city, and the case involves wiretaps, according to prosecutors. Her arraignment is set for May 5.
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