Fetty Wap faces at least 5 years in prison for drug charges.
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — The Central Islip Fire Department has issued a warning to residents in the area. Fetty Wap pleaded guilty Monday to a conspiracy drug charge carrying a mandatory five-year prison sentence, admitting to being a part of a massive drug trafficking ring that moved drugs from the West Coast to Long Island.
The plea was made in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven Locke in Central Islip, who had revoked his bond and sent him to jail two weeks ago. He was returned to jail following his plea to await sentencing, though no date was immediately set.
Locke revoked Wap’s $500,000 bail, which was secured by property he owns in Georgia, after prosecutors said he threatened to kill a man during a FaceTime call in 2021, violating the terms of his pretrial release in his drug case.
The “Trap Queen” rapper was arrested last October on suspicion of conspiring to smuggle large amounts of heroin, fentanyl, and other drugs into the New York City area.
He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess controlled substances, the most serious charge in an indictment, though the plea only applied to cocaine. It carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, with federal sentencing guidelines likely recommending another two years. If he had been convicted on all of the charges, he could have received a life sentence.
His lawyers did not respond to messages seeking comment right away.
Between June 2019 and June 2020, Maxwell and five co-defendants were accused of conspiring to possess and distribute more than 100 kilogrammes (220 pounds) of heroin, fentanyl, and crack cocaine. Two co-defendants have also pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.
Prosecutors said the scheme involved using the US Postal Service and cars with hidden compartments to transport drugs from the West Coast to Long Island, where they were stored before being distributed to dealers on Long Island and in New Jersey.
Maxwell rose to prominence after his debut single, “Trap Queen,” peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 2015.
His arrest on Long Island was not his first. In 2019, he was arrested in Las Vegas for allegedly assaulting three hotel-casino employees. He was also arrested on a DUI charge in November 2017 after police said he was drag racing on a New York City highway.