A six-year prison term for running a cross-country drug trafficking organization was handed down to rapper Fetty Wap. He is best known for the 2015 song Trap Queen about drug-fueled love. The rapper, whose real name is Willie Junior Maxwell II, was charged with drug trafficking conspiracy and entered a guilty plea in August 2022.
Fetty Wap’s Biography
American musician and rapper Fetty Wap gained national recognition after the success of his hit song "Trap Queen" in the country. Millions of times were afterwards spent listening to the song on the music-sharing website SoundCloud. Since he was very young, rapping and singing were his true passions.
Fetty Wap achieved immense success and received more than a dozen nominations, including the prestigious "Grammy," for just one song, "Trap Queen." Although Fetty Wap hasn't been around the music scene for very long, the judges of various awards have acknowledged his musical contributions.
Factors Leading To Fetty Wap's 6-Year Prison Term
Fetty Wap acknowledged taking part in a massive operation to traffic at least 500g or more of cocaine. A five-year minimum sentence is mandatory for this charge. Therefore, Maxwell was first detained in October 2021.
He was charged with conspiring to smuggle more than 100kg (220 lbs) of heroin, fentanyl, and crack cocaine. He smuggled all of them from the west coast to Long Island together with five other defendants. The incident happened between June 2019 and June 2020.
Prosecutors said the plan involved transporting drugs from the west coast to the east coast. Where they would be stored before being distributed on Long Island and in New Jersey. Additionally, guilty of their crimes, two of Maxwell's co-defendants are also awaiting punishment in this case.
Arrested For Allegedly Violating Release Conditions
Rapper Fetty Wap was arrested in New Jersey in August 2022 for flashing a gun on a Facetime call and allegedly threatening to kill someone. The Trap Queen rapper called a man named John Doe, called him a “rat” and threatened his life. He had violated both state law and the condition of his release.
By court records, Maxwell allegedly "possessed a gun, threatened to kill him, and called an individual a 'rat' during a call on December 11, 2021, even though this was a direct violation of both state law and the terms of his release,".
According to the authorities, they have a video of this FaceTime. As per the court documents, Maxwell allegedly held the revolver "pointing it towards" the defendant known only as "John Doe."
Arrested On Federal Drug Charges Ahead Of Rolling Loud Performance
Fetty Wap was released on a $500,000 secured bond in November 2021. During this time, he was kept under GPS monitoring ad drug testing. He was also banned from travelling.
A press release in October from the U.S. Attorney’s Office declared Fetty Wap, also known as William Junior Maxwell II, along with his five other individuals guilty. They were charged with “conspiring to distribute and possess controlled substances.” Similarly, Fetty Wap “was a kilogram-level redistributor for the trafficking organization,” the press release described.
A September indictment that Vulture was able to get claims that Anthony Cyntje, a New Jersey corrections officer, and Fetty Wap were responsible for at least five kilogrammes of cocaine. Fetty Wap is from New Jersey as well, while the other accused people are from Pennsylvania and New York.
According to a news release, investigators recovered five weapons, two kilogrammes of heroin, two kilogrammes of fentanyl pills, two kilogrammes of cocaine, and almost $1.5 million in cash.
On October 28, only hours before his scheduled performance at Rolling Loud New York, Fetty Wap was taken into custody by the FBI. At Citi Field in Queens, where he was scheduled to perform at 4:45 p.m., the rapper was detained on federal narcotics charges, a law enforcement source confirmed to Vulture.
On October 29, Fetty was scheduled to appear in federal court in Central Islip, New York. The rapper was one of six people detained in connection with a drug distribution scam, according to The New York Daily News. Requests for comment from Fetty Wap's representatives went unanswered.