Real-Life Barksdale Reportedly Arrested On Drug Charges – Just Like Namesake On ‘The Wire’

Source: Henry Austin / NBC News 

A man who claims to have been the inspiration for feared gang leader Avon Barksdale on HBO’s “The Wire” has reportedly been arrested on drug and gun charges.

Nathan “Bodie” Barksdale was held on federal gun and heroin charges last month, Drug Enforcement Agency spokesman Edward Marcinko told The Baltimore Sun newspaper.

The real-life Barksdale was described by Marcinko as a high-ranking member of the “Black Guerrilla Family” crime gang.

Barksdale, 52, has long claimed to be the inspiration for the character in the groundbreaking HBO series and went on to produce, “The Avon Barksdale Story: Legends of the Unwired” based on his life. He claimed to be the “real” Avon Barksdale in the trailer.

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