"Yo, he's still in the building! He's still in the building! He's still in the building!" the New Yorker shouted on the phone at Malone, referring to the gunman.

Malone said in his guilty plea that he was able to sneak in a call to police, and the abductors ran away before authorities arrived.

Pearson's lawyer, Sutley, said the actress denies any knowledge of this account involving Malone. The scenario was not detailed in her plea agreement with state prosecutors, who at the time only hinted that a kidnapping suspect had stopped by her apartment to collect his ransom.

Malone is serving six years in prison after pleading guilty to drug conspiracy charges.

Undercover police detectives said in the court documents that they had Pearson under surveillance, including the next day, when she talked with a man holding a gun near her apartment on Eutaw Street, outside the Hippodrome Theatre.

As in "The Wire," police said they watched the man holding the gun make a cellphone call that was being recorded as part of the wiretap investigation. Undercover detectives followed both Pearson and the man as they drove off in separate cars.

Pearson did not respond to requests for an interview. Outside the courthouse after her sentencing in August, she told a reporter she had two movie contracts, with one to be filmed in Baltimore. She also said she was moving to Los Angeles.

"I'm not a criminal," she said then. "Don't make me into one. I pleaded guilty, but that doesn't make me guilty. I made a decision in my life to do what was best for me without involving or implicating anyone else. ... Let me move on."

In an interview published in Rolling Stone magazine in January, Pearson described her struggle to build a new life while maintaining old ties. Her apartment at The Redwood is only a few minutes' drive to the drug market at Hoffman and Milton, and she saw herself a target in either neighborhood.

"I'm getting away, man," she told Rolling Stone. "I cutting everybody off, man, everybody, even down to some of my aunts and uncles. Because I'm from here, people keep judging me from my background. … Everybody gonna try to lock me up."

Her attorney, Sutley, described her as "a character" and said she pops into his office from time to time, most recently earlier this month. "She's as pleasant as can be," he said. "She's got some things she's working on professionally. Life seems to be going good for her."

peter.hermann@baltsun.com



Notable figures in the drug conspiracy



Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, 31. Grew up dealing drugs in East Baltimore and at age 14 killed a youth in a fight. On HBO series "The Wire," played an enforcer for drug organization. Arrested last year as part of a drug sweep and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell heroin. Put on probation with a suspended sentence.

Shawn Johnson. New York drug supplier described by Pearson as an old friend. Pleaded guilty to being the drug network's main supplier, trafficking in 10-kilogram heroin shipments. Also caught on police wiretaps talking with Pearson — once about buying heroin, prosecutors say. Faces life in prison when sentenced in May.

Kevin Jackson, 29, of Baltimore. Described by police as a street lieutenant in the drug organization. Doubled as a rap artist and has a CD to his name. Pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy charges and is to be sentenced March 23.

Gerrard Mungo Sr., 46, of Baltimore. Pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy charges and faces 12 years in prison; sentencing has not been scheduled. Admitted in plea agreement that he helped set up drug buys between middlemen, and in one intercepted phone call urged making the heroin "a little stronger."

Antonio Malone, 33, of Baltimore. Pleaded guilty to buying drugs from Johnson and distributing heroin to street-level dealers throughout East Baltimore. On Dec. 21, 2010, prosecutors say, rival drug dealers raided his rowhouse, stole 47 grams of heroin and demanded $15,000. Called Shawn Johnson, prosecutors said, who referred him to Felicia Pearson. Serving six years in prison.

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