NEW YORK (AP) — The rapper Fetty Wap was charged on Friday with taking part in a conspiracy to smuggle massive quantities of heroin, fentanyl and different medication into the New York Metropolis area.
The rapper, whose actual title is Willie Maxwell, was arrested Thursday at Citi Area, the place the three-day Rolling Loud hip-hop music pageant is going down. An indictment unsealed on Friday named Maxwell and 5 different defendants, together with a New Jersey corrections officer.
“The truth that we arrested a chart-topping rap artist and a corrections officer as a part of the conspiracy illustrates simply how vile the drug commerce has turn into,” Michael J. Driscoll, a prime official with the FBI’s New York workplace, mentioned in a press release.
The indictment prices Maxwell and his co-defendants with conspiracy to own and distribute greater than 100 kilograms (220 kilos) of heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine between June 2019 and June 2020. The scheme concerned utilizing the U.S. Postal Service and automobiles with hidden compartments to maneuver the narcotics from the West Coast to Lengthy Island, the place they have been saved for distribution to sellers in Lengthy Island and New Jersey, authorities mentioned.
A cellphone message in search of remark was left with an legal professional who has represented Maxwell up to now. He was to be arraigned Friday afternoon.
Maxwell, 30, rose to prominence after his debut single “Lure Queen” reached No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Sizzling 100 chart in Might 2015.
He has had different brushes with the legislation, together with a 2019 arrest in Las Vegas for allegedly assaulting three workers at a hotel-casino. He was beforehand arrested in November 2017 and charged with DUI after police say he was drag racing on a New York Metropolis freeway.
Maxwell skilled private tragedy in October 2020 when his youthful brother, 26-year-old Twyshon Depew, was shot and killed of their hometown of Paterson, New Jersey.
Then in June 2021, Maxwell’s 4-year-old daughter, Lauren, died.
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