Rapper Fetty Wap was sentenced to six years in prison on Wednesday for his role in a multi-million dollar drug trafficking ring.
The 31-year-old, whose real name is Williams Junior Maxwell II, was facing a possible life sentence.
But, he entered a guilty plea in Long Island Federal Court on August 22, 2022, in exchange for a minimum five-year sentence in federal prison.
Fetty Wap’s Drug Trafficking Case
What happened to Fetty Wap? The Paterson, New Jersey rapper was arrested by the FBI on October 28, 2021, before he was slated to take the stage at the Rolling Loud Festival in New York.
He is accused of distributing more than 100 kilograms of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and crack cocaine across Long Island and New Jersey.
Feds obtained $1.5 million in cash, 16 kilograms of cocaine, 2 kilograms of heroin, fentanyl pills, pistols, handguns, and a rifle.
Fetty Wap’s legal team argued that the pandemic pushed the “Trap Queen” rapper into the drug game.
In a memorandum filed on May 17, Fetty’s attorney Elizabeth Macedonio wrote:
In or about 2020, with the coming of the worldwide pandemic, things began to change for Mr. Maxwell. There were no opportunities to perform, thus his income was severely limited.
He was sued personally, was going through a divorce, and was involved with a tour manager who was stealing from him. While the bills kept coming in, the money to pay them was running out.
At or about the same time, Mr. Maxwell lost his grandparents and several other people who were close to him.
As stated, Mr. Maxwell took enormous pride in his ability to provide for his children and lend support to his other family members.
He is described as a people pleaser and a person who gains great satisfaction from taking care of others.
Suddenly it felt like life was going in reverse and he became ashamed when he began to struggle to keep up the lifestyle that he created for so many.
His judgment became impaired. Desperate to keep up with his financial obligations, Mr. Maxwell became involved in the instant offense for a few months in the spring of 2020.
Now, most folks started an online business during the pandemic…not a life of crime. But, I digress.
Is Fetty Wap in jail? Yes, you may recall that we previously reported the rapper’s $500,000 bond was revoked after the rapper allegedly pointed a firearm at a man over FaceTime and repeatedly said, “I’m going to kill you.”