updated 03/11/2011 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 03/13/2011 AT 9:35 PM ET
Felicia “Snoop” Pearson was singled out in a recent drug raid because she played a dealer on The Wire, her rep says.
“Felicia grew up where high crime rates, drug use and violence are the norm. Felicia has overcome numerous hardships in her lifetime. She does not expect these hardships to be used as an excuse for illegal activities,” read a statement issued Friday, several days after the actress from Baltimore was arrested on drug charges. The 30-year-old played a drug dealer and assassin on the HBO show, and now believes her role was a hindrance.
“Felicia has made strong statements against drugs and violence of any kind … [and has] been recognized for her efforts in encouraging youth and formerly incarcerated women to make positive changes for themselves,” her rep adds.