Will Fetty Wap Go To Jail? His Likely Prison Sentence
Willie Junior Maxwell II, popularly known as Fetty Wap, is an American Hip Hop artist. He rose to fame with his single Trap Queen, which hit No. 2 on the Billboard Top 100 in 2014. In 2015, he became the first rapper to have three top 20 songs on Billboard since Eminem in 2013. He has collaborated with Drake, French Montana, Nicki Minaj, and other well-established artists.
On 22nd August, Fetty Wap, blind in one eye due to glaucoma, pleaded guilty to a conspiracy drug charge carrying a mandatory five-year prison sentence. The plea was entered before U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven Locke in Central Islip, New York.
The guilty plea carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years
Fetty Wap pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess controlled substances, the top charge in an indictment against him, though the plea pertained only to cocaine.
The scheme allegedly involved using the U.S. 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.
As mentioned earlier, this charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, with federal sentencing guidelines recommending additional years on top of the minimum sentence.
The guilty plea, however, spares Fetty Wap from a potential life imprisonment sentence, which he would have gotten had he been convicted on all the charges he faced.
Fetty Wap was sent back to jail after his bail was revoked
Fetty’s $500,000 bail was secured by a piece of property that Fetty owns in Georgia.
The prosecutor stated that he threatened to kill a man via a FaceTime call in 2021, violating the terms of his pretrial release in his drug matter. After pleading guilty, Fetty was sent back to jail and is awaiting sentencing, whose date is yet to be set.
The record-selling artist was first arrested in October 2021. Together with five co-defendants, they were accused of conspiring to possess and distribute more than 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of illegal drugs between June 2019 and June 2020.
In a news release from the same month, U.S. District Attorney Breon Peace said the defendants were ‘deliberately contributing to the opioid epidemic that has devastated our communities and taken too many lives.’
Michael Driscoll, assistant director of the FBI’s New York field office, added: “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.”
The Trap Queen singer has been arrested before on a DUI charge
This is not his first arrest. In 2019, he was arrested in Las Vegas for allegedly assaulting three employees at a hotel’s casino.
He was also arrested in November 2017 on a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) charge after police said he was drag racing on a New York City highway.