On Wednesday, rapper Fetty Wap was sentenced to six years in federal prison for his involvement in a New York-based drug-trafficking operation. Before the court’s decision, the emotional superstar expressed remorse for his actions, and in front of loved ones, he stated that he accepted his current circumstances.
The “Trap Queen” rapper, whose real name is Willie Maxwell, entered a plea of guilty in August 2022 to a narcotics conspiracy charge that came with a required minimum sentence of five years. On Long Island, a federal judge handed down the sentence. As a federal district judge, Joanna Seybert heard Maxwell say, “Me being selfish in my pride put me in this position today.” His attorneys claimed he turned to drug sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s adverse financial effects.
Maxwell was detained in October 2021 on suspicion of taking part in a plot to bring vast quantities of heroin, fentanyl, and other substances into the vicinity of New York City. A conspiracy to possess and distribute more than 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of heroin, fentanyl, and crack cocaine between June 2019 and June 2020 is what the rapper, who was born in New Jersey, and five other defendants are charged with.
According to the prosecution, the plan involved transporting drugs from the West Coast to Long Island, where they were held before being distributed to dealers in Long Island and New Jersey, using the U.S. Postal Service and vehicles with secret compartments. Maxwell admitted his involvement in a central drug trafficking ring when he entered a guilty plea to the main charge against him, conspiracy to distribute and possess prohibited drugs. The lone cocaine-related plea saved him from a possible life sentence if he had been found guilty of all the crimes he was facing.
Maxwell’s attorneys had hoped for the minimum five-year prison term, although the prosecution wanted a harsher punishment. Elizabeth Macedonio, the defense counsel, stated. Maxwell, according to her, “accepts responsibility for his conduct.”
“This is a sad day,”‘ “This is a kid from Paterson, New Jersey, who made it out.”
Assistant US Attorney Christopher Caffarone clarified that the case was unrelated to Maxwell’s fame as a performer.
“The defendant did actually sell drugs,” “The defendant did actually sell cocaine.”
Judge Seybert told Maxwell,
“You’ve got a lot going for you. See if you can put it together.”
Maxwell gained widespread recognition with his debut single “Trap Queen” in May 2015, which reached the second spot on the American Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song portrays the concept of a devoted partner who stands by you through thick and thin, even if it entails assisting in drug dealing. In 2016, he was honored with two Grammy Award nominations.