Platinum-selling hip-hop star Fetty Wap’s latest rap could land him behind bars for life.
The hit-making musician was busted for his role in a multimillion dollar drug ring that imported more than 100 kilos of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine from the West Coast for sale across Long Island and his native New Jersey, federal prosecutors charged Friday.
The “Trap Queen” artist was one of six men, including a Garden State correction officer, charged in the lucrative drug distribution scheme, authorities said. The rapper from Paterson, N.J., was arrested Thursday at Citi Field on the first day of a three-day music festival, and was held without bail Friday at a Long Island federal court hearing.
Fetty Wap, born William Junior Maxwell II, was identified by authorities as “a kilogram-level redistributor for the trafficking organization.” Defense attorney Elizabeth Macedonio entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf.
“The fact that we arrested a chart-topping rap artist and a corrections officer illustrates just how vile the drug trade has become,” said Michael Driscoll, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York office. Milwaukee Wisconsin The Cream City T-Shirt “The pipeline of drugs in this investigation ran thousands of miles from the West Coast to the communities here in our areas.”
Investigators recovered $1.5 million in cash, 16 kilos of cocaine, 2 kilos of heroin, five weapons and ammunition in taking down the illicit operation.
The rap star, during an arraignment by video conference, politely answered “yes” to a series of questions from U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven Locke before his attorney said the defendant would not make a bail application at this time.
Prosecutors, without going in detail, raised the possibility of plea negotiations in the case.