Rapper Fetty Wap has admitted to playing a part in a multimillion-dollar drug gang and pleaded guilty Monday in Long Island federal court in exchange for a minimum of five years in federal prison.
The platinum-selling rapper, born William Junior Maxwell II, could have faced life in prison after being charged last October with conspiracy to bring over 100 pounds of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine from the West Coast to the East for sale in New Jersey. and Long Island
As part of his deal, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess cocaine, but not the other drugs.
He remains incarcerated after taking the plea deal since his bail was revoked earlier this month.
Federal authorities labeled him “a kilogram-level re-distributor for the human trafficking organization,” selling drugs between June 2019 and June 2020 — long after he rose to stardom. Five other suspects were also charged in the conspiracy.
On Aug. 8, Long Island Federal Magistrate Judge Steven Locke ordered that Fetty Wap’s $500,000 bail be revoked after the rapper brandished what appeared to be a gun and hit a gun during a Dec. 11 FaceTime call. man said, “I’ll kill you and everyone you’re with,” according to court records.
He has been held in the special housing unit of the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn ever since, his lawyer, Elizabeth Macedonio, said, adding that she does not know why he is in solitary confinement.
“They don’t want to tell me,” she told the Daily News. “He’s a pretty well put together person, but it’s taxing.”
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She declined to comment on his admission of guilt on Monday.
Fetty Wap and his accomplices got their narcotics from the West Coast and used the mail, along with drivers who had hidden compartments in their vehicles, to take the drugs to Suffolk County, where they were stored, federal prosecutors say.
Authorities executed a series of search warrants when they rounded up the drug ring and found approximately $1.5 million in cash, 16 kilograms of cocaine, two kilograms of heroin, several fentanyl pills, two 9-mm pistols, a rifle, a .45 caliber handgun, a .40 caliber pistol and ammunition, prosecutors said.
Fetty Wap’s hit “Trap Queen” landed in the Top 20 of Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in its third week of release and a remix reached the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100. The lyrics refer to getting rich in drug trafficking, including the rules: “We just set a target, talking about Lambos / At 56 per gram, five hundred grams though.”
He set up his Georgia home as part of his bail package and was required to wear an ankle monitor, but was allowed to travel on tour as long as he got permission from federal prosecutors.
Two of his co-defendants, Anthony Cyntje, who worked as a corrections officer in New Jersey, and Robert Leonardi, pleaded guilty in June. Leonardi, his brother Anthony Leonardi and the other two alleged co-conspirators, Brian Sullivan and Kavaughn Wiggins, were responsible for getting the drugs from coast to coast, the FBI claimed.
Fetty Wap’s sentencing date has not yet been determined.