In a scene that could have been ripped from the critically acclaimed show, “The Wire,” hundreds of local and federal law enforcement officers swept across Baltimore early yesterday morning in a large-scale drug bust.
63 people were arrested, including Felicia ‘Snoop’ Pearson, who starred in the HBO drama as a gun-welding hit woman for a top West Baltimore drug lord. Yesterday, life most certainly imitated art as the 30-year-old was arrested on drug-related and aiding and abetting charges.
Like her street-wise character on “The Wire,” Pearson is no stranger to law enforcement. According to The Baltimore Sun, before apparently turning her life around Pearson had been in and out of jail since she was young.
The Sun reports:
“[Pearson] spent six years at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup for fatally shooting a girl at age 14. In 2005, she was arrested after failing to cooperate in a trial in a killing she witnessed on The Block, Baltimore’s red-light district. While serving the warrant, police found a small amount of marijuana in her home and charged her with drug possession — a charge of which she was later acquitted. After she vowed to invoke her Fifth Amendment right not to testify, prosecutors offered the murder suspect, Steven James Lashley, a plea deal, with a 30-year sentence and half the term suspended.”
Although law enforcement officials say her role in the conspiracy is relatively minor, her arrest increased the visibility of the case.
Prosecutors claim yesterday’s bust was one of the biggest in Baltimore’s history, and was a major blow to drug dealing organizations throughout the city. Called “Operation Usual Suspects” the bust took aim at repeat offenders who police claim are responsible for the recent spike in drug-related violence.
Police hope the bust—five months in the making—will serve as a warning for drug dealers in Baltimore.
“This is truly a heavy-lifting case that goes back to 2008,” said Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III. “It should be a reminder to every bad guy in the city that we have a pretty good team coming to get you.”
Even if you happen to be a celebrity.