Actress Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson (pictured) gained fame and a strong fanbase following her role as a tough drug assassin in HBO's classic series 'The Wire.'
Unfortunately, her life is mimicking her on-screen role.
Pearson was arrested this week in a drug raid in Baltimore - the same city that provided the gritty backdrop for 'The Wire.'
Pearson, 30, was one of 60 people arrested in the Drug Enforcement Administration's heroin and marijuana sweep.
For someone who had to overcome an early life of violence and prison, Pearson's story offered inspiration to wannabe actors worldwide, since she was not a professional actress when she took the role of the cold-hearted killer.
At 16, Pearson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to eight years in prison. She also refused to testify as a witness in a recent murder trial in Baltimore.
With her new life as an actress, though, Pearson seemed to be turning her life around. She cofounded a nonprofit organization that worked with at-risk youth and wrote a memoir, Grace After Midnight.
Only time will tell whether Pearson will overcome her personal demons and shake free of the thug life she seems to hold so dear.
Anyone like me who watched her capture the television screen during her performances on 'The Wire' has to be saying to themselves, what a tragic waste of talent.
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