Fetty Wap Sentenced To 6 years in Prison For Drug-Trafficking

bet.com
bet.com
HipHopX/BET

Fetty Wap was sentenced to six years in federal prison on Wednesday for his role in a New York-based drug-trafficking scheme.

The “Trap Queen” rapper, whose real name is Willie Maxwell, pleaded guilty in August 2022 to a drugs conspiracy charge and was sentenced with a mandatory minimum sentence of five years. On Long Island, a federal judge handed down the sentence.

According to AP News, Fetty apologized for his actions and told the judge, “Me being selfish in my pride put me in this position today.” His lawyers had stated he turned to selling drugs because of financial hardship brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fetty Wap
Fetty Wap Mugshot

Fetty Wap was arrested in October 2021 on charges of participating in a conspiracy to smuggle large amounts of heroin, fentanyl and other drugs into the New York City.

Fetty and five co-defendants were accused of conspiring to possess and distribute more than 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine between June 2019 and June 2020.

According to the prosecution, the scheme involved shipping drugs from the West Coast to Long Island, where they were stored before being distributed to drug dealers on Long Island and in New Jersey, using the U.S. Postal Service and cars with secret compartments.

nypost.com
New York Post

Fetty admitted his involvement in a major drug trafficking racket when he pleaded guilty to the main allegation against him, conspiracy to distribute and possess prohibited drugs. The plea, which pertained only to cocaine, spared him from a potential life sentence if he had been convicted on all the charges he faced.

Fetty’s lawyers had hoped for the minimum five-year prison term, although the prosecution demanded a longer sentence.

“This is a sad day,”′ defense attorney Elizabeth Macedonio said. “This is a kid from Paterson, New Jersey who made it out.”

She said Maxwell “accepts responsibility for his conduct.”

Assistant United States Attorneys Christopher Caffarone said the prosecution was not about Maxwell’s fame as a performer.

“The defendant did actually sell drugs,” Caffarone said. “The defendant did actually sell cocaine.”

Judge Joanna Seybert told Maxwell, “You’ve got a lot going for you. See if you can put it together.”