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Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Loves HBO Show “The Wire”; Urges Creators to Bring it Back

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — For realism, apparently Atty. General Eric Holder Jr. feels the acclaimed HBO show “The Wire” can’t be beat.

In fact, Holder, who is a big fan of the show that ended in 2008 after five hit seasons, wants the creators David Simons and Ed Burns to start it up again, according to the Washington Examiner.

Holder, who made the statements while standing near some cast members Tuesday at the Justice Department, thinks it’s very realistic, and therefore, a great educational tool.

The Justice Department and members of the show have joined forces to highlight the pervasive problem of drugs and how it impacts children and families.

“Having looked at those clips again, I’m reminded how great that series was,” he said, according to the Examiner. “I want to speak directly to Mr. Burns and Mr. Simon, do another season of ‘The Wire.’ … I want another season, or a movie.”

The Examiner said Holder and other government officials thinks the show accurately depicts how kids are exposed to the use, manufacture and sale of drugs. The paper reported that the Justice Department last year created an intra-agency task force to help these children, who often become victims of violence.

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HBO Star from “The Wire” Arrested in Baltimore in Major Drug Bust by DEA and Locals

Felicia "Snoop" Pearson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — One of the reasons David Simons’ critically acclaimed HBO show “The Wire” was so realistic was because it had folks like Felicia “Snoop” Pearson —  who murdered someone in real life– playing the role of a tom-boy, drug assassin.

On Thursday, Pearson –who according to the Washington Post’s Reliable Source — had gotten involved in drug trafficking years ago, and killed another girl at age 14, was before cameras again, but this time it was real.

Baltimore television news stations showed video of two DEA agents  escorting the handcuffed Pearson, 30,  from her downtown Baltimore apartment into a Baltimore City police van.

Pearson, who was a crack-addicted infant, according to media reports,  was listed as one of 64 defendants in the Baltimore area charged in  federal and local indictments for allegedly dealing heroin and other drugs in east Baltimore.

David Simon, the Baltimore writer who created “The Wire,” said in a statement published in the Baltimore Sun:

“First of all, Felicia’s entitled to the presumption of innocence. And I would note that a previous, but recent drug arrest that targeted her was later found to be unwarranted and the charges were dropped. Nonetheless, I’m certainly sad at the news today. This young lady has, from her earliest moments, had one of the hardest lives imaginable.”

Ava Cooper, special agent in charge of the DEA for Washington and Baltimore, issued a statement on the investigation, saying: “DEA and the Baltimore Police dismantled an entire Drug Trafficking Organization today. We got the top, we got the bottom and we got everybody in between.

“We arrested the leaders, mid- and lower-level members, street lieutenants, runners and street corners sellers of the organization.”

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Two Baltimore Drug Dealers Get Life for Killing “Snitch”

"The Wire" Depicted Life of the Drug Dealer
“The Wire” Depicted Life of the Drug Dealer

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In the streets of Baltimore, which have become legendary thanks to such television programs as “The Wire”, snitching has become a big issue.

Law enforcement has tried to make it good thing, a thing that helps society. The streets have made it a bad thing, a sign of weakness,a sign of bowing to the man, of selling out.

This past week U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sent Baltimore drug dealers Melvin Gilbert, 34, and James “Miami” Dinkins , 36, off to prison for life for the Thanksgiving 2006 murder of cooperating government witness (aka “snitch) John Dowery, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  A federal jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on the death penalty.

The two men were also convicted of killing Shannon Jemmison, who they suspected was ratting on them. Dinkins was also convicted of a third murder and another non-fatal shooting.

U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein did his best this week to give cooperating witness John Dowery a public shout out for his efforts.

“John Dowery stood up to violent criminals and tried to make the city a better place for his children,” Rosenstein said in a prepared statement. “Whatever is the most serious punishment available, that is what you will get if you attack a witness.”

The warning sounds daunting. Unfortunately, it’s not likely to put an end to killings of snitches in Baltimore, or elsewhere, for that matter.

Baltimore Rapper Skinny Surge Issued This Warning  to Stop Snitching A Couple Years Ago