In the opening scene of episode 1, season 4, of The Wire, Marlo Stanfield’s assassin Felicia “Snoop” Pearson pays a memorable and foreboding visit to a local Home Depot. After rattling off the issues she’s been having with her current nail gun (in that almost impossible to understand B’more dialect), a helpful salesman recommends a shiny new model fueled by gunpowder. Snoop thanks him, hands over a wad of hundred dollar bills, and exits the store giddily. That nail gun would be used to seal the doors of the “vacants,” where the bodies of Marlo’s victims would be dumped. Needless to say, Snoop’s character was terrifying.
Part of Snoop’s appeal on the show was derived from the realistic nature of her character. She was plucked from the streets of Baltimore and cast in the show (which explains that thick accent). And since The Wire wrapped filming, Snoop has totally remained in character. She was arrested this morning in Baltimore, along with 30 other people, during a DEA raid connected to a large scale heroin and marijuana operation, which is essentially a scene straight out of The Wire (minus the marijuana). This is her most notable brush with the law since a second degree murder conviction at 14-years-old, which landed her behind bars for over six years.
On the bright side, there have been no mention of nail guns, and if we’re predicting things according to The Wire script, she’ll be back on the streets in no time, and somewhere McNulty and Bunk will down a 1.75 liter bottle of Jameson.