Fetty Wap, also known as Willie Maxwell, was sentenced to six years in prison in a federal court in Long Island on Wednesday. This sentence results from his participation in a dr*g-trafficking scheme located in New York. Fetty Wap pleaded guilty to a conspiracy dr*g charge in August 2022, which carried a mandatory minimum sentence of five years.
About Fetty Wap
Willie Junior Maxwell II, better known as Fetty Wap, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. His debut single, “Trap Queen,” became a hit and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 list. Fetty Wap’s music is distinguished by his melodic approach and distinct vocal delivery, which frequently incorporates elements of hip-hop and R&B.
Fetty Wap, born on June 7, 1991, in Paterson, New Jersey, rose to prominence through mixtapes and independent releases before securing a record deal with 300 Entertainment. His other famous tracks, in addition to “Trap Queen,” are “679,” “My Way,” and “Again.” These songs were commercially successful, solidifying Fetty Wap’s place in the music industry.
Fetty Wap has released several projects over the years, including mixtapes, albums, and collaborative works. Unfortunately, while he was initially very successful, his mainstream popularity dwindled in subsequent years. He does, however, continue to release songs and is active in the hip-hop culture.
American Rapper Guilty Of Dr*g Trafficking
Prosecutors accused Fetty Wap and his four co-defendants of getting narcotics from the West Coast. They allegedly used the US Postal Service and drivers with hidden compartments in their vehicles to transport the drugs across the country, eventually ending up on Long Island.
The case’s remaining four defendants have also pleaded guilty and are awaiting punishment.
The US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York discovered
- approximately $1.5 million in cash
- 16 kilograms of cocaine
- 2 kilograms of heroin
- numerous fentanyl pills
- two 9mm handguns,
- a rifle
- a .45 caliber pistol
- a .40 caliber pistol, and
- ammunition during the investigation into the drug ring.
Prosecutors argued that Fetty Wap should be sentenced to more than the minimum of five years. This is because he had other ways to make money and did not have to resort to drug peddling.
In response, Fetty Wap’s lawyers argued in the same sentencing statement that his revenue had decreased dramatically due to fewer performance opportunities during the COVID-19 outbreak. They claimed he turned to dr*g peddling to support family members who had become reliant on him. According to his lawyers, Fetty Wap has nine children from seven different women. Fetty Wap’s attorney, Elizabeth Macedonio, stated in the document that the rapper felt ashamed when he struggled to maintain the lifestyle he had previously established.
According to Insider, Attorney Elizabeth Macedonio noted in the sentencing memo that Fetty now realizes he doesn’t have to shoulder the load of everyone else’s troubles and is unlikely to engage in dr*g dealing again. Macedonio proposed a lower sentence for Fetty Wap based on this finding.