An American actress who shot to fame playing a ruthlessly violent underworld assassin in stellar crime drama The Wire has been nabbed in real life by the very thing she sought to avoid on screen.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Felicia "Snoop" Pearson last week pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute heroin after she was caught out by (oh, the irony!) a wiretap in a police probe into drug gangs in the troubled US city of Baltimore.
The Wire played out on the streets of Baltimore and was centered on the police force's efforts to catch out drug dealers via wiretaps.
Judge Lawrence Fletcher-Hill accepted Snoop's plea, handing down a seven-year suspended sentence with three years of supervised probation.
Fortunately for fans of what is undoubtedly the best show to come out of the US in eons, the plea allows Snoop to get on with her acting career, which apparently includes two up-coming movies.
"I can't say she would have been found not guilty," said Snoop's lawyers, at which point a none-too-happy Snoop interrupted by saying: "I would have been found not guilty!"
Snoop was one of 64 people charged under the cunningly-named "Operation Usual Suspects" which sought out those suspected of importing heroin from New York and marijuana from California to sell on the streets of Baltimore.
Snoop was caught on a wiretap conspiring with two others, according to a statement of charges, and was also paid to store drugs and money at her apartment.
The latest charges add to what is an already impressive charge sheet, with Snoop convicted of second-degree murder at the tender age of 14, for which she served five years of an eight-year sentence and was freed in 2000.
Folklaw is beginning to understand why she played her character so darn well without a shred of previous acting experience. Y'all feel me?