Fetty Wap has been sentenced to six years in prison after the ‘Trap Queen’ rapper admitted his involvement in a massive drug trafficking crime
RAPPER Fetty Wap has been sentenced to six years in federal prison after being convicted of drug trafficking across the country.
Fetty Wap, real name Willie Junior Maxwell II, 31, pleaded guilty in August 2022 to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.
The rapper appeared in federal court in Central Islip, New York, on Wednesday to receive his verdict.
The prosecutors had previously advocated a longer term of seven to nine years.
They argued that Fetty Wap used his position as a celebrity to “glorify the drug trade” while also making millions from music like his famous song “Trap Queen,” which was released in 2015.
They also noted that the song’s music video used children as extras.
“Young people who admire the defendant and are thinking about selling drugs need to get the message that selling drugs is not a glamorous lifestyle,” Breon Peace, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District, wrote in a letter Thursday the judge.
Peace added that these young people need to know that “if they engage in this trade, they face lengthy prison terms.”
Fetty Wap is one of half a dozen suspected heroin and fentanyl pushers — including 23-year-old New Jersey Correctional Officer Anthony Cyntje — arrested and charged by the government in October 2021 with conspiracy to distribute and possess controlled substances, according to Zu NJ.com.
He was arrested by the FBI on October 28 before taking the stage at the Rolling Loud concert at Citi Field Stadium in Queens, New York City.
The alleged drug operation transported more than 100 kilograms of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl through Long Island and New Jersey from June 2019 to June 2020, according to the federal indictment seen by The Sun.
According to court documents, the FBI seized $1.5 million in cash, 35 pounds of cocaine, 5 pounds of heroin, “numerous” fentanyl pills, two 9mm handguns, one rifle, one .45 caliber pistol, one .45 caliber handgun. 40 and ammo.
Fetty Wap was released from prison in November 2021 after posting $500,000 bail.
He was allowed to walk free after, among other things, paying a six-figure sum and agreeing to an electronic surveillance system.
In August 2022, Fetty Wap was jailed again after prosecutors said he threatened to kill a man during a FaceTime call in December 2021, in violation of the terms of his release.
Fetty Wap told the man, “I’m going to kill you and anyone you’re with,” and showed him a gun, according to prosecutors.
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