Rapper Fetty Wap was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday for his role in a large-scale drug trafficking scheme that saw narcotics shipped from the West Coast and sold in New Jersey and Long Island.
The 31-year-old rapper, whose real name is Willie Junior Maxwell II, was sentenced in federal court in Central Islip, New York, for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
Maxwell, who is from Paterson, New Jersey, was initially arrested in October 2021 on charges of alleged involvement in a drug smuggling conspiracy involving heroin, fentanyl and other drugs.
He pleaded guilty in August to a superior count of conspiracy to distribute and possess cocaine-related controlled substances. The charge carried a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison.
The rapper, best known for his 2015 hit «Trap Queen,» apologized in the courtroom. “I hurt my community, the people who look up to me. Me and my family,” he said. «I’m so sorry for the pain I caused.»
Judge Joanna Seybert told Maxwell in announcing his sentence: «Despite his record and everything he’s been through, he threw it all away.»
In addition to six years in federal prison, Maxwell was sentenced to five years of post-release supervision.
Maxwell was charged with being part of an organization that distributed more than 100 kilograms of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and crack on Long Island and New Jersey from June 2019 through June 2020, prosecutors said in a statement. statement.
Prosecutors alleged that the group obtained the narcotics on the West Coast and used the postal service and drivers with concealed vehicle compartments to transport the drugs across the country to Suffolk County for storage. From there, the drugs were distributed to dealers who sold them on Long Island and New Jersey, prosecutors said.
Maxwell was a «kilogram-level redistributor» for the organization, prosecutors said.
Investigators recovered $1.5 million in cash, 16 kilograms of cocaine, two kilograms of heroin, numerous fentanyl pills, various firearms and ammunition in the investigation. Prosecutors said five of the defendants in the case used firearms to protect the drug organization and distribution chain.
In all, six people were charged in connection with the conspiracy, four of whom have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. One of the defendants, Anthony Cyntje, a New Jersey corrections officer, was sentenced to 72 months in prison for his role in the conspiracy in March.