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30th Oct 2021

Rapper Fetty Wap arrested on conspiracy drug trafficking charge

Kieran Galpin

Fetty Wap

The rapper is allegedly part of a country wide conspiracy

Rapper Fetty Wap, best known for his song Trap Queen, has been indicted along with five other people on conspiracy drug trafficking charges.

The group of men are said to have transported and distributed drugs in Long Island that included heroin and fentanyl. CNN claims to have seen the indictment of Fetty Wap, whose real name is Willie Junior Maxell III.

The rapper was arrested on Friday at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets’ baseball team, and is expected to be arraigned on October 30 at a federal court in Brooklyn.

The five other members of the group are also being charged with an additional count for the use of firearms in connection with the drug trafficking crimes.

A press release from officials stated that a pipeline of drugs runs from the east to the west coast of the States. It claims that it was ‘contributing to the addiction and overdose epidemic we have seen time and time again tear people’s lives apart’.

Between June 2019 and June 2020, it is alleged that the defendants obtained the drugs on the west coast before using USP vehicles with hidden compartments to get the drugs to New York on the other side of the country. It is also believed that they enlisted USP drivers to assist in the venture.

“Maxwell was a kilogram-level redistributor for the trafficking organization,” said the US Justice Department.

“The fact that we arrested a chart-topping rap artist and a corrections officer as part of the conspiracy illustrates just how vile the drug trade has become,” added Michael Driscoll of the FBI’s New York Office.

Similarly, Attorney Breon Peace said: “As alleged, the defendants transported, distributed and sold more than 100 kilograms of deadly and addictive drugs, including heroin and fentanyl, on Long Island, deliberately contributing to the opioid epidemic that has devastated our communities and taken too many lives.

“We will continue to work nonstop with our law enforcement partners to keep our neighborhoods [sic] safe from the scourge of dangerous drugs and gun violence.”

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