'The Wire's' Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson pleads guilty in drug case

snoop-gi.jpgOn HBO's "The Wire," she played a hardened criminal who doled out street wisdom while mowing down competitors. Unfortunately, the real Felicia "Snoop" Pearson isn't entirely dissimilar from her TV persona. On Monday (Aug. 8), Pearson pleaded guilty in a Baltimore court to conspiring to distribute heroin.

Pearson was snagged -- all irony noted -- by a wiretap in a joint federal-state drug probe. Now 31, Pearson entered her guilty plea just a day before her trial was scheduled to begin. Her plea was accepted and a seven-year sentence was suspended, with Pearson instead getting three years probation and a waiver to travel out of Maryland for acting gigs.

"I would have been found not guilty," said Pearson after her lawyer entered the plea on her behalf. She later tweeted "I'm FREE" to her followers and is, she says, working on two movies.

Pearson was literally plucked off the Baltimore streets to co-star in David Simon's gritty cop show. Before acting, Pearson had spent time in prison. She chronicles her tough youth in the book "Grace After Midnight."
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