Rapper Fetty Wap has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy drug charge that carries a compulsory five-year prison sentence.
The ‘Trap Queen’ rapper, whose real name is Willie Junior Maxwell II, is behind bars for breaking his pre-trial bail conditions.
According to Sky News, the rapper entered the plea in Central Islip on Long Island before US Magistrate Judge Steven Locke, who had revoked his bail two weeks ago for threatening to kill a man during a FaceTime call in 2021.
Maxwell was initially arrested in October 2021 on charges alleging that he was part of a conspiracy to smuggle large amounts of heroin, fentanyl, and other drugs into the New York area. The arrest came two months after he confirmed his four-year-old daughter Lauren Maxwell had died.
On Monday 22, 2022, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess controlled substances, which is the top charge against him. According to his website, the rapper was scheduled to perform in Austin, Texas, on 27 August 2022.
The crime carries a minimum five-year sentence, and federal sentencing guidelines are likely to recommend additional years in prison.
Maxwell and five co-defendants were accused of conspiring to possess and distribute more than 100kg (220lbs) of heroin, fentanyl, and crack cocaine between June 2019 and June 2020.
The scheme allegedly involved using the US Postal Service and cars with hidden compartments to move drugs from the West Coast to Long Island, where they were stored for distribution to dealers on Long Island and in New Jersey, prosecutors said.
In 2019, Fetty Wap was arrested in Las Vegas for allegedly assaulting three employees at a hotel casino, and he was also arrested in November 2017 and charged with drink-driving after police said he was drag racing on a New York City motorway.
Fetty Wap shot to fame following the debut of his hit single, ‘Trap Queen’, which saw him chart at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 2015.