07:25 AM EDT 04/13/2013
Originally posted 01/18/2013 06:30PM
Robert F. Chew, best known for his role on the hit HBO show The Wire, has died from heart failure, according to The Baltimore Sun. He was 52.
Chew, who played Proposition Joe on the cable show, passed away in his sleep on Thursday at his home in Baltimore, his sister Clarise Chew tells the paper.
Originally posted 08/10/2011 07:40AM
Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, whose real-life experiences as a drug dealer in Baltimore led to a celebrated acting role as a fearsome assassin in HBO's The Wire, pleaded guilty this week to conspiracy to sell heroin.
Pearson, 31, who was arrested in March in a pre-dawn raid in Baltimore, was sentenced to seven years in prison, with all of the time suspended except for the five months of house arrest she spent awaiting trial, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Pearson has repeatedly proclaimed her innocence, but said this week that she took a plea deal to put the episode behind her. "I have things to do, I have to move on with my life," she said.
Originally posted 03/13/2011 09:35PM
Felicia "Snoop" Pearson was singled out in a recent drug raid because she played a dealer on The Wire, her rep says.
"Felicia grew up where high crime rates, drug use and violence are the norm. Felicia has overcome numerous hardships in her lifetime. She does not expect these hardships to be used as an excuse for illegal activities," read a statement issued Friday, several days after the actress from Baltimore was arrested on drug charges. The 30-year-old played a drug dealer and assassin on the HBO show, and now believes her role was a hindrance.
"Felicia has made strong statements against drugs and violence of any kind ... [and has] been recognized for her efforts in encouraging youth and formerly incarcerated women to make positive changes for themselves," her rep adds.
Originally posted 03/10/2011 08:50AM
Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, who played a diminutive yet fearsome drug dealer and assassin on HBO's The Wire, was arrested along with more than 30 other people Thursday morning in a sweeping drug raid in Baltimore.
Pearson, 30, was taken into custody at an apartment downtown on a state warrant, reports the Baltimore Sun.
The pre-dawn raids, conducted by city, state and federal law enforcement, reportedly targeted a large-scale heroin and marijuana operation.
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