Rapper Fetty Wap faces at least 5 years in prison for drug trafficking


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CENTRAL ISLIP, NY (AP) — Rapper Fetty Wap pleaded guilty Monday to a drug conspiracy charge that carried a mandatory five-year prison term, admitting he participated in a massive drug deal that transported drugs from the West Coast to Long Island.

The plea in Central Islip was presented to US Magistrate Judge Steven Locke, who revoked his bond and sent him to jail two weeks ago. After the plea, he was sent back to jail to await sentencing, although a date was not immediately set.

Locke revoked the rapper’s $500,000 bail, secured by property he owns in Georgia, after prosecutors said Wap, real name Willie Maxwell, threatened to kill a man during a call FaceTime in 2021, violating the terms of his bail in his drug case.

The “Trap Queen” rapper was originally arrested last October for participating in a conspiracy to smuggle large amounts of heroin, fentanyl and other drugs into the New York area.

Fetty Wap’s $500,000 bail was revoked because the rapper violated his parole.
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He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess controlled substances, the main charge in an indictment against him, although the plea only involved cocaine. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, while federal sentencing guidelines likely recommend about an additional two years in prison. The plea spared him a possible life sentence if he was found guilty of all the charges he faced.

His lawyers did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

Maxwell and five co-defendants have been charged with conspiring to possess and distribute more than 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine between June 2019 and June 2020. Two co-defendants have also pleaded guilty and are awaiting their condemnation.

Fetty Wap, real name Willie Maxwell, has had several run-ins with the law.

Fetty Wap, real name Willie Maxwell, has had several run-ins with the law.
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The scheme allegedly involved using the U.S. Postal Service and cars with hidden compartments to transport drugs from the West Coast to Long Island, where they were stored for distribution to dealers in Long Island and New Jersey, said the prosecutors.

Maxwell rose to prominence after “Trap Queen”, her debut single, reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 2015.

A sentencing date for "queen of traps" the rapper has yet to be revealed.

The “Trap Queen” rapper’s sentencing date has yet to be released.
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The Long Island arrest was not his first. In 2019, he was arrested in Las Vegas for allegedly assaulting three employees at a hotel-casino. He was also arrested in November 2017 for drunk driving after police said he was drag racing on a New York freeway.


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