Rapper Fetty Wap pleads guilty to federal drug charges in New York

Rapper Fetty Wap pleaded guilty on Monday in a New York federal court to conspiracy to distribute and possess controlled substances.

The hip-hop star, whose legal name is Willie Junior Maxwell II, was indicted in September 2021 for allegedly conspiring to distribute heroin and fentanyl on Long Island.

He now faces a five-year mandatory minimum sentence and remains in custody after his bond was revoked earlier this month.

Maxwell, 30, of Paterson, New Jersey, was arrested on Oct. 28, 2021 during the Rolling Loud Music Festival in Queens, New York, on charges stemming from a drug-related conspiracy involving heroin and fentanyl.

He was charged with five others, including a New Jersey corrections officer, with conspiring to distribute and possess controlled substances across Long Island and New Jersey.

PHOTO: Fetty Wap performs during the Rolling Loud music festival in New York, Oct. 12, 2019.

Fetty Wap performs during the Rolling Loud music festival in New York, Oct. 12, 2019.

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“As alleged, the defendants transported, distributed and sold more than 100 kilograms of deadly and addictive drugs, including heroin and fentanyl, on Long Island, deliberately contributing to the opioid epidemic that has devastated our communities and taken too many lives,” U.S. attorney Breon Peace said in a statement last year when the charges were announced.

Maxwell initially pleaded not guilty to the charges.

He was released on a $500,000 bond on Nov. 5, 2021, but was arrested in New Jersey on Aug. 8 on charges that he violated the conditions of his pre-trial release.

The rapper displayed a gun and threatened to kill someone during a Dec. 11, 2021, FaceTime call, according to federal prosecutors. That person the rapper was speaking with was identified in court papers as “John Doe.”

PHOTO: Fetty Wap appears at the MTV Video Music Awards in Newark, N.J. Aug. 26, 2019.

Fetty Wap appears at the MTV Video Music Awards in Newark, N.J. Aug. 26, 2019.

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“… In the call the defendant possessed a gun, threatened to kill him, and called an individual a ‘rat,’ despite the fact that this was a direct violation of both state law and the conditions of his release,” an affidavit sworn by FBI special agent Derek Wonderland said.

The FBI obtained a video recording of the FaceTime call in which Fetty Wap “is shown holding a gun and pointing it towards John Doe,” according to the affidavit.

“The defendant then says to John Doe’ Imma kill you and everybody you with,’ which he then repeats one more time. The defendant then continues to threaten John Doe, saying ‘I’m gonna kill you,’ a threat which he repeats several more times throughout the video call,” the affidavit said

ABC News has reached out to the rapper’s representatives but a request for comment was not immediately returned.

A sentencing date has yet to be set in this case.

Source ABC

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