Rapper Fetty Wap was sentenced to 6 years in prison Wednesday for operating a large scale drug conspiracy that sold kilos of cocaine in New Jersey.
Fetty Wap, whose real name is Willie Maxwell, pleaded guilty in August to a conspiracy drug charge, which carries a mandatory 6-year prison sentence, admitting that he participated in a massive drug trafficking racket that moved drugs from the West Coast to Long Island.
During Wednesday's sentencing, Maxwell apologized, saying: "I hurt my community, people who look up to me. My family & myself. I am truly sorry for any pain I caused."
Judge Joanna Seybert, who presided over the sentencing had strong words for the rapper.
“Despite your background & all you overcame, you threw it all away," Seybert said.
Initially, Maxwell's plea during the summer in Central Islip came before U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven Locke, who had revoked his bond & sent him to jail 2 weeks ago. After the plea, he was returned to jail to await sentencing.
Locke revoked the rapper’s $500,000 bail, secured by property he owns in Georgia, after prosecutors said that Wap, whose real name is Willie Maxwell, threatened to kill a man during a FaceTime call in 2021, violating the terms of his pretrial release in his drug case.
The “Trap Queen” rapper was initially arrested in October 2021 on charges alleging he participated in a conspiracy to smuggle large amounts of heroin, fentanyl & other drugs into the New York City area.
Maxwell & 5 co-defendants were accused of conspiring to possess & distribute more than 100 kilograms of heroin, fentanyl & crack cocaine between June 2019 & June 2020. 2 co-defendants also have pleaded guilty & await sentencing.
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Source: NBC New York