Actress Sonja Sohn, best known locally as Det. Kima Greggs on “The Wire” and for her more recent HBO documentary “Baltimore Rising,” was arrested over the weekend on drug charges in the Outer Banks.
Sohn, 55, was picked up in Dare County on the North Carolina coast early Sunday morning, The Outer Banks Voice reported yesterday. Court records list charges of felony cocaine possession and two misdemeanor offenses for cannabis possession. (Unlike here in Maryland, having any amount of weed remains a misdemeanor in North Carolina.)
Sohn, who was listed under the last name Plack in court records, is due to appear in court Tuesday morning. Her bail was set at $1,500, The Voice reported. The local CBS affiliate reported she was in a car that was pulled over around midnight in Manteo, and that a K-9 unit helped officers detect drugs in the car during a search.
After “The Wire,” Sohn worked with HBO again to produce and direct “Baltimore Rising,” a documentary about Baltimore in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death in police custody in 2015. She also founded the nonprofit “ReWIRED for Change” to help at-risk youth.
In 2017, the same year her HBO documentary debuted, she co-starred with Paul Giamatti in an adaptation of the Greek tragedy “Antigone” about Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014. The production at Coppin State University featured a choir with activists and police officers from Ferguson.
Sohn was also in “The Originals,” a CW show about vampires and werewolves in New Orleans, and more recently appeared on “The Chi,” an ongoing Showtime drama series about life in the Midwestern city’s South Side.