Rapper Fetty Wap entered a guilty plea to a narcotics conspiracy charge carrying a mandatory five-year jail sentence, acknowledging his involvement in a massive drug trafficking ring that transported drugs from the West Coast to Long Island.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven Locke heard the plea in Central Islip after revoking his release and booking him into jail two weeks earlier. He was transported back to jail following the plea; however, the sentence date was not immediately determined.
Rapper Wap’s $500,000 bail, which was backed by property he owns in Georgia, was revoked by Locke after prosecutors claimed that he violated the terms of his pretrial release in his drug case by threatening to kill a man during a FaceTime call in 2021. Wap’s real name is Willie Maxwell.
The rapper known for the song “Trap Queen” was first detained in October of last year on suspicion of taking part in a plot to import significant quantities of heroin, fentanyl, and other substances into the New York City region.
He admitted guilt to the main accusation in the indictment against him—conspiracy to distribute and possess—but solely with regard to cocaine. Federal sentencing guidelines are likely to recommend an additional two years in jail, even if the minimum term is five years in prison, as required by law.
If all the charges against him had been proven true, he could have received a life sentence; however, his plea prevented that. His attorneys did not promptly respond to inquiries seeking comment.
Between June 2019 and June 2020, more than 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of heroin, fentanyl, and crack cocaine were allegedly conspired to be in the possession and distribution of Maxwell and five co-defendants.
Two further co-defendants have admitted guilt and are awaiting punishment. Prosecutors claim that the scheme involved shipping drugs from the West Coast to Long Island, where they were stored before being distributed to dealers there and in New Jersey, using the U.S. Postal Service and vehicles with secret compartments.
In May 2015, Fetty Wap’s debut song, “Trap Queen,” peaked at No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, catapulting him to fame. He has been detained before Long Island. He was detained in Las Vegas in 2019 for reportedly attacking three casino-hotel staff members.
In November 2017, he was also detained on a DUI allegation after police claimed he was drag racing on a New York City highway.