Roland "Wee-Bey" Brice was the primary enforcer for the Barksdale Organization. He was sentenced to life without parole in 2002.
Wee-Bey dropped out of school in sixth grade and started dealing drugs on a corner with Avon Barksdale and Russell Bell (both slightly older than him), eventually becoming the primary soldier in their criminal organization. Wee-Bey was also responsible for more mundane activities including driving and picking up money. In contrast to his long list of crimes, Wee-Bey is good-natured towards his friends, and has a passion for keeping pet fish. He has a son, Namond, by a woman named De'Londa, though he had no hesitation about sleeping with other women and maintains a separate residence. De'Londa uses his last name although they are not married.
In 2002, Wee-Bey was the primary and trusted enforcer of the Barksdale Organization and second-in-command to Russell "Stringer" Bell. He was pulled over by Detectives Hauk and Carver, who seized $20,000 of Barksdale's money from the car.
Wee-Bey was shot in the leg by Omar. ("The Wire")
Wee-bey later defended Avon against Omar, shooting him in the shoulder and forcing his retreat ("Game Day")
Wee-Bey was also linked to the body of a dancer from Orlando's strip club, the Barksdales' legitimate business front. He did not kill her, but, after she slept with him at a party, he did nothing to help her as she was dying from a drug overdose. His callous disposal of her body sways another stripper, Shardene, to give information to the police, beginning the collapse of the Barksdale criminal empire.
Wee-Bey's eventual downfall came when he and Little Man kill Orlando because he was working as a police informant. During the incident, Little Man shoots Detective Greggs, who was undercover. Stringer ordered Wee-Bey to murder Nakeesha Lyles and Wintell Royce. ("Cleaning Up")
D'Angelo Barksdale was responsible for driving Wee-Bey to Philadelphia. After D'Angelo was arrested, he provided the location of Brice to the police information concerning Wee-Bey's murder of Deirdre Kresson. After his arrest, Wee-Bey confessed to the murders of Nakeesha Lyles, Wintell Royce, and others, including some he did not commit, such as William Gant.
Wee-Bey was sentenced to life without parole in Maryland House of Correction. He continued to keep fish and enjoyed an easy life due to Barksdale's protection. A guard named Dwight Tilghman harassed him because he confessed to murdering a relative of Tilghman's, which Avon swiftly resolved. Later, after D'Angelo's murder, Wee-Bey assured Avon that D'Angelo's death was not his fault.
Wee-Bey appeared to help Avon approach legendary prisoner Dennis "Cutty" Wise and offer him a position within their organization. Both Wise and Avon were paroled, leaving Wee-Bey to serve his time without them.
Wee-Bey's son Namond Brice became involved with the drug trade, working with Preston Broadus. Namond was responsible for Wee-Bey's fish at home. Ultimately, he allowed his son to move in with Howard Colvin, hoping he could live a life that Wee-Bey never had the chance to. Wee-Bey ordered De'Londa to follow his lead, as his word will reach her wherever she goes.
He appeared one final time in the jail yard of Maryland House of Correction conversing with Christopher Partlow. While the Barksdale and Stanfield organizations were bitter enemies on the street, Wee-Bey and Chris have perhaps found common ground since both served a similar top enforcer role in each organization, and both are serving life sentences for taking sole responsibility for multiple murders to protect their respective bosses.
|"The Target"||"The Detail"||"The Buys"||"Old Cases"||"The Pager"|
|The Wire"||"One Arrest"||"Lessons"||"Game Day"||"The Cost"|
|"The Hunt"||"Cleaning Up"||"Sentencing"|
|"Ebb Tide"||"Collateral Damage"||"Hot Shots"||"Hard Cases"||"Undertow"|
|"All Prologue"||"Backwash"||"Duck and Cover"||"Stray Rounds"||"Storm Warnings"|
|"Bad Dreams"||"Port in a Storm"|
|"Time after Time"||"All Due Respect"||"Dead Soldiers"||"Amsterdam"||"Straight and True"|
|"Homecoming"||"Back Burners"||"Moral Midgetry"||"Slapstick"||"Reformation"|
|"Middle Ground"||"Mission Accomplished"|
|"Boys of Summer"||"Soft Eyes"||"Home Rooms"||"Refugees"||"Alliances"|
|"Margin of Error"||"Unto Others"||"Corner Boys"||"Know Your Place"||"Misgivings"|
|"A New Day"||"That's Got His Own"||"Final Grades"|
|"More with Less"||"Unconfirmed Reports"||"Not for Attribution"||"Transitions"||"React Quotes"|
|"The Dickensian Aspect"||"Took"||"Clarifications"||"Late Editions"||"-30-"|
- Ed Burns investigated multiple narcotics traffickers in the 1980s. One was a heroin dealer named Thomas H. Taylor, whose partner, Vernon Allen Collins, went by "Bey-Brother". Collins is mentioned in Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets as one of Baltimore's notorious contract killers in the late 1970s. He was arrested in 1987 and sentenced to thirty-five years in prison. As of 2020 he is incarcerated at New Jersey State Prison, and occasionally lodges appeals against his various convictions.
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