Rapper Fetty Wap pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess a controlled substance, a charge that carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, federal officials announced.
The rapper, whose real name is William Jr. Maxwell II, was arrested at Citi Field on Oct. 28 following indictments that alleged the New Jersey-born entertainer was part of a nationwide drug-trafficking ring. Prosecutors said he was a “kilogram distributor” for a drug ring that moved more than 100kg of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine.
A total of six people were indicted late last year, including a New Jersey prison officer. The other five were arrested separately, and all of them were detained pending trial. All six are charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess a controlled substance, and all but Maxwell also face firearms charges.
“The defendants are alleged to have transported, distributed and sold over 100 kilograms of lethal and addictive drugs, including heroin and fentanyl, on Long Island, intentionally contributing to the opioid epidemic that has devastated our communities and claimed too many lives,” Brookin told the US. Prosecutor Breon Peace said in a statement.
Maxwell remains in federal custody, a spokesman for the federal prosecutor’s office said, after failing to make a bail request. A sentencing date has not yet been set, but the rapper’s sentence ranges from 7 to 9 years.
According to a New York Post reporter, Maxwell’s attorney said outside court, “He’s not cooperating [with federal authorities]. I want to make this very, very clear. This is a standard request.”
The rapper was rearrested two weeks ago for allegedly violating the terms of his pretrial detention, prosecutors said, by threatening to kill someone while brandishing a gun. At an Aug. 8 federal court hearing in Long Island, a judge revoked Maxwell’s $500,000 bail at the request of prosecutors.
A video recording of the FaceTime call has been reviewed by investigators, where Maxwell is accused of threatening to kill the victim during the call made on December 11, 2021. Being in possession of a firearm and violating any law is a direct violation of his pretrial release.
The 30-year-old Paterson native, who lost an eye to glaucoma as a child, has had a difficult life. His brother was killed in their hometown a year ago, and his A 4-year-old daughter died earlier this summer.
Maxwell was previously arrested on allegations in the Las Vegas attack in 2019 and foreclosures in New York in 2017.
Best known for singles like “Trap Queen” and “My Way,” the two-time Grammy nominee released his new project, “The Butterfly Effect,” just last week.