Rapper Fetty Wap Arrested on Federal Drug Charges in NYC


Rapper Fetty Wap was charged on Friday with participating in a conspiracy to smuggle large amounts of heroin, fentanyl and other drugs into the New York City region.

Willie Maxwell, the rapper’s real name. was arrested Thursday at Citi Field, where the three-day Rolling Loud hip-hop music festival is taking place. An indictment unsealed on Friday named Maxwell and five other defendants, including a New Jersey corrections officer.

The indictment charges Maxwell and his co-defendants with conspiracy to possess and distribute more than 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine between June 2019 and June 2020. The scheme involved using the U.S. Postal Service and cars with hidden compartments to move the narcotics from the West Coast to Long Island, where they were stored for distribution to dealers in Long Island and New Jersey, authorities said.

Legal representation for Fetty Wap have not made any statements. Fetty Wap is scheduled to be arraigned later this afternoon.

Fetty Wap has faced several legal issues in recent years, including a 2019 arrest in Nevada for allegedly assaulting three employees at a Las Vegas hotel. Later in 2020, Fetty Wap was sued by a woman who claimed that the rapper strangled her and punched her during an incident inside of his Los Angeles home in June 2019. Fetty Wap was also charged with driving under the influence in November 2017.

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