Fetty Wap has been arrested on federal drug charges that include trafficking to both coasts of the US.
The rapper, legal name Willie Junior Maxwell II, was arrested on Thursday night by the FBI. The artist was arrested at Citi Field in Queens, where the Rolling Loud music festival was held. The Paterson, New Jersey native is apparently one of half a dozen people charged in connection with the case.
Fetty Wap was part of what prosecutors call a “multi-million dollar bicoastal drug distribution organization” – leading to his arrest at Rolling Loud.
Suffolk County served as the group’s home base, according to District Attorney Timothy Sini. The organization ran drugs from around June 2019 to June 2020. The defendants would obtain narcotics on the West Coast and use the postal service and drivers with hidden compartments in their vehicles to transport the drugs to Suffolk County.
The drugs were then distributed to dealers who sold them in Long Island and New Jersey. “As alleged, the defendants transported, distributed, and sold more than 100 kilograms of deadly and addictive drugs, including heroin and fentanyl, on Long Island, delibrately contributing to the opioid epidemic that has devastated our communities and taken too many lives,” Breon Peace, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York says in a statement.
Search warrants executed during the investigation recovered about $1.5 million in cash, 16kgs of cocaine, 2kgs of heroin, numerous fentanyl pills, two handguns, a rifle, a pistol, and ammunition. Other defendants named as part of the distribution ring include a New Jersey corrections officer.
Navarro Gray, a lawyer for Fetty Wap, says this is all just a big misunderstanding. “We pray that this is all a big misunderstanding. He sees the judge today. Hoping he gets released so we can clear things up expeditiously.” If convicted, the rapper faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Fetty Wap was previously arrested in 2019 on three counts of battery. He also has a DUI charge from 2017 after police caught him drag racing another car on a NYC highway. The rapper is best known for his 2014 hit, “Trap Queen” which hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.