"The Wire" Star Sonja Sohn Arrested On Cocaine Charges 

By Kelly Burch 07/24/19

Sohn, who played a Baltimore police detective on The Wire, spent six minutes in jail before posting bail. 

"The Wire" Star Sonja Sohn
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Actress Sonja Sohn, known for her roles on The Wire and The Chi, was arrested over the weekend for possession of cocaine and marijuana. 

Police in North Carolina arrested Sohn just after midnight on Sunday (July 21), the Charlotte Observer reported. Sohn was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over in Manteo, a tourist destination in the Outer Banks.

Once the vehicle was stopped, a police canine indicated “the odor of a controlled substance,” the Dare County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. Police found drugs in a purse in the vehicle. 

Sohn, 55, whose legal name is Sonja Plack, was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, both of which are misdemeanor offenses. However, she was also charged with felony possession of cocaine. 

Posting Bail

Police said that Sohn was only in jail for about six minutes before she posted a $1,500 bail and was released. 

“Plack was able to make bond and was released at the Dare County Detention Center,” the release said. 

The driver of the vehicle was given a citation for having a revoked license and expired registration. The driver was not identified by police and does not appear to be facing drug charges.

The Nags Head Police Department, Manteo Police Department and U.S. Fish and Wildlife were also involved with the arrest, the release said. 

Sohn was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday (July 23) for an arraignment. 

On the popular HBO show The Wire, Sohn played Baltimore police detective Shakima Greggs. On the show, Greggs is a narcotics detective who becomes romantically involved with a drug addict. In addition to The Wire, Sohn played Detective Samantha Baker on ABC’s Body of Proof. She also starred in Star Trek: Discovery as Dr. Gabrielle Burnham.

Corruption Documentary

The Baltimore Sun reported that Sohn has also been working on a documentary about the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force. The task force was riddled with corruption, and eight of the nine officers on it have faced federal charges including conspiracy and racketeering, according to Vox.

Officers on the task force robbed people, planted fake evidence and falsified their hours in order to be paid for overtime when they were not working. Officers on the force have been charged with conspiracy and racketeering. 

Sohn and her representative did not comment on her arrest as of Wednesday morning. 

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