Rapper Fetty Wap Faces at Least 5 Years in Prison for Federal Drug Charges – Fetty Wap, a rapper, accepted a guilty plea on Monday to a federal drug charge carrying a minimum sentence five-year prison term. Two weeks after U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven Locke revoked the $500,000 bond earlier granted to Fetty Wap, 31, whose true name is Willie Junior Maxwell II, the plea was made in the Eastern District of New York’s Long Island courthouse.
According to an affidavit, Maxwell called someone on FaceTime and threatened to murder them while flashing a firearm on August 8 before being apprehended for breaking the terms of his release. Maxwell, one of six defendants accused in an October federal indictment, is best known for his Grammy-nominated debut single “Trap Queen,” which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2015. The defendants are alleged to have distributed more than 100 kilograms of drugs, including cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl, which they allegedly acquired on the West Coast.
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Maxwell has been detained since his most recent arrest. His estimated sentences are between seven and nine years long. Maxwell’s attorney was contacted for a response regarding his guilty plea, but they did not provide one. Maxwell was charged with conspiring to distribute and possess drugs together with two other defendants who also made guilty pleas.
One of them admitted to employing weapons in the course of narcotics trafficking. Maxwell admitted guilty to the first count despite having previously claimed his innocence. U.S. District Attorney Breon Peace said in a news release dated October that the defendants were “deliberately contributing to the opioid epidemic that has wreaked havoc on many communities and taken far too many lives.”
“The fact that we arrested a chart-topping rap musician and a corrections officer as part of the conspiracy indicates just how vile the drug trade has become,” added Michael Driscoll, assistant director of the FBI’s New York field office. Prior to his scheduled appearance at the Rolling Loud music event in New York, Maxwell was first detained in October.
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In November, after being released on the $500,000 bond, he said on Instagram that “loyalty can be both a great trait and a deadly one.” He continued to be active on social media up until his most recent arrest. He became well-known after his debut song, “Trap Queen,” peaked at No. 2 on the American Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 2015. His arrest in Long Island was not the first.
Rapper Fetty Wap Faces at Least 5 Years in Prison for Federal Drug Charges – He was arrested in Las Vegas in 2019 on suspicion of assaulting three casino-hotel employees. Additionally, he was detained on a DUI allegation in November 2017 when police claimed he was drag racing on a New York City highway.
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