Rapper Fetty Wap part of nationwide drug ring that ‘pumped massive quantities’ of cocaine, heroin into LI, NJ: feds


Fetty Wap attends the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. Photo credit Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for MTV

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Rap artist Fetty Wap took part in a cross-country drug ring that moved kilograms of cocaine and heroin from the West Coast to Long Island and New Jersey, a federal indictment unsealed Friday alleges.

The Paterson, New Jersey–born rapper, whose real name is Willie Junior Maxwell II, was arrested by FBI agents at Citi Field late Thursday afternoon on federal drug charges, according to a law enforcement source. He had been at the Queens ballpark for the Rolling Loud concert tour. Maxwell, 30, was set to be arraigned Friday afternoon in Central Islip federal court, authorities said. The indictment alleges that six men, including Maxwell and a New Jersey correction officer, transported, distributed and sold more than 100 kilograms of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine across Long Island and New Jersey from June 2019 to June 2020.

The men obtained the drugs from the West Coast and used the U.S. Postal Service and drivers with hidden vehicle compartments to transport them across the country to Suffolk County, where they were processed, stored and distributed to dealers, who sold them on Long Island and in New Jersey, according to the complaint. The indictment accuses Maxwell of being a kilogram-level redistributor for the drug-trafficking organization. Federal authorities said they recovered $1.5 million in cash, 16 kilograms of cocaine, two kilograms of heroin, “numerous” fentanyl pills, two 9mm handguns, a rifle, a .45 caliber pistol, a .40 caliber pistol and ammunition as part of the investigation into the alleged drug ring. “These defendants ran a multimillion-dollar bicoastal drug distribution organization with Suffolk County as their home base,” Suffolk County DA Timothy Sini said in a statement. “They were wholesale drug dealers who pumped massive quantities of narcotics into our communities.” Sini added that “the magnitude of this operation was enormous.”

Fetty Wap performs during the 2019 Rolling Loud music festival at Citi Field on October 12, 2019 in New York City. Photo credit Steven Ferdman/Getty Images

Michael Driscoll, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York field office, said, “The pipeline of drugs in this investigation ran thousands of miles from the West Coast to the communities here in our area, contributing to the addiction and overdose epidemic we have seen time and time again tear people’s lives apart.”

“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,” Driscoll said.

Maxwell was previously arrested in 2019 and accused of hitting a security guard during a scuffle at a valet area of the Mirage resort on the Las Vegas strip. A judge agreed to dismiss misdemeanor battery charges last year if the rapper stayed out of trouble.

In 2018, the rapper was fined and ordered to attend safe driving programs after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated and reckless endangerment in Brooklyn. Police said he was caught drag racing on the Gowanus Expressway in November 2017.


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