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Posted at 08:13 AM ET, 05/18/2011

‘Wire’ actress ‘Snoop’ pleads not guilty in drug case

Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, the Baltimore actress who played a ruthless hitwoman on HBO's "The Wire," pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning to drug conspiracy charges and requested a trial by jury, tentatively set for Aug. 9.

Pearson, who appeared in Baltimore Circuit Court dressed in an oversized black polo shirt and baggy jeans, declined to comment Tuesday, saying she would talk "as soon as the case is over with."

She's "letting the lawyers take care of the legal issues and she's doing what she needs to do professionally," her attorney, Benjamin Sutley, said after the arraignment.

Pearson, who turns 31 on Wednesday, was arrested in March along with more than 60 others as part of a state and federal sting dubbed "Operation Usual Suspects." She is accused of bankrolling a drug organization that sold heroin and marijuana throughout Baltimore, though she said at a hearing in March that she was broke.

"Check my bank account; I have no money," she told the judge at the time.

Pearson was originally ordered held without bail after her arrest, though a judge last month allowed her to be released on $50,000 bond and under electronic monitoring so she could travel to Philadelphia for film work.

She declined to elaborate on the project Tuesday, and her lawyer said it wasn't his place to discuss her career.

"I'm not her agent," Sutley said outside the courthouse with Pearson standing stoically at his side.

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By Baltimore Sun  |  08:13 AM ET, 05/18/2011


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