Felecia Pearson, better known as Snoop in HBO’s critically acclaimed series The Wire, is being held without bail after her arrest yesterday as a part of a massive heroin distribution network that police say stretched from New York to California.
Police arrested Snoop on Thursday (March 10th) in a drug sweep aimed at dismantling a major drug organization operating out of the city.
According to the DEA, over 425 law enforcement officers from the DEA, Baltimore Police Department, U.S. Marshals Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Baltimore County Police Department participated in the operation, dubbed “Operation Usual Suspects.” Police also seized over $69,000 in cash from the 64 suspects, from 39 locations throughout the city.
“DEA and the Baltimore Police dismantled an entire Drug Trafficking Organization today. We got the top, we got the bottom and we got everybody in between,” stated Ava Cooper-Davis of the DEA Washington Field DivisionCooper-Davis. “We arrested the leaders, mid- and lower-level members, street lieutenants, runners and street corners sellers of the organization. These arrests are representative of law enforcement’s commitment to keep this city safe from the violence and crimes associated with drug trafficking. The success of this case was the product of an extensive investigation by the DEA Baltimore District Office and the Baltimore Police Department along with our partners from the Baltimore City States’ Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.”
U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein was adamant about ending gang violence on the streets of Baltimore.
“Wherever criminal gangs bring violence to our streets, that is where we will direct the resources needed to send them to prison,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “We must persist in this coordinated effort, because every American deserves to live in a safe neighborhood.”
Each of the defendants are charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin; conspiracy to distribute marijuana; conspiracy to distribute cocaine, conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin; with possession with intent to distribute heroin or marijuana; and with aiding and abetting in the drug distribution conspiracy.
The maximum penalty for crimes involving heroin and cocaine is 20 years in prison. The maximum penalty for marijuana charges is five years in prison.