March 4, 2024

The rapper, who gained reputation for his single “Lure Queen,” is alleged to have glorified medication.

9 months after pleading responsible to his half in a drug-trafficking conspiracy, Fetty Wap was sentenced to 6 years in federal jail and 5 years of post-release supervision on Wednesday. The 31-year-old New Jersey rapper whose authorized title is Willie Junior Maxwell II, had been in custody since his $500,000 bail was revoked in August 2022 after allegedly displaying a firearm and threatening to kill somebody on a 2021 FaceTime name. 

Maxwell was first detained in October 2021 and charged with conspiring to smuggle greater than 100kg (220lbs) of heroin, fentanyl, and crack cocaine from the west coast to Lengthy Island between June 2019 and June 2020 along with 5 different defendants. Prosecutors claimed that the plan included utilizing the US Postal Service and secret car compartments to move medication to the east coast the place they’d be saved earlier than being distributed on Lengthy Island and in New Jersey.

Apologies to Troubled Households

He appeared earlier than Decide Joanna Seybert on Wednesday in Central Islip Federal Court docket, New York, to obtain a sentence one yr longer than the required minimal. He admitted to conspiring to distribute no less than 500 grams or extra of cocaine. 

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Elizabeth Macedonio, his lawyer, stated that the Billboard-charting artist wanted the cash to help his many family members and youngsters after the pandemic put an finish to dwell leisure since he had been offering for them. The communities and stricken households of drug addicts had been personally apologised to by Mr. Maxwell.

In keeping with the lawyer, Maxwell engaged in drug trafficking, however not out of non-public curiosity or enjoyment. He solely resorted to it for a quick interval and with the only real goal of assembly the monetary wants of his household. The lawyer defined that he rapidly entered and exited the criminal activity, guaranteeing that his household’s welfare was secured earlier than placing an finish to it.

Prosecution’s Plea for Harsher Sentence

The prosecution had urged for a heavier sentence, claiming that he had used his reputation to “glamorise the drug commerce” whereas incomes hundreds of thousands of {dollars} from his music following the discharge of “Lure Queen” in 2015. They cited the truth that children had been used as extras within the music’s music video and cited the intensive media protection the matter had gotten.

They stated the musician rose to fame by singing about his time spent synthesising crack cocaine and dealing medication.

Fetty Wap sentenced to 6 years for drug trafficking - Asiana Times
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In the middle of the investigation, investigators seized $1.5 million in money, 16 kilogrammes of cocaine, 2 kilogrammes of heroin, numerous fentanyl capsules, in addition to a lot of weapons and ammunition. 5 of the defendants within the case, in line with the prosecution, used firearms to safeguard the drug distribution community and organisation. 

Six people had been accused in complete with taking part within the conspiracy; 4 have already entered responsible pleas and are awaiting punishment. Anthony Cyntje, a prisons officer from New Jersey, was one of many defendants who obtained a sentence of 72 months in jail for his half within the conspiracy in March.