NEW YORK (AP) – Rapper Fetty Wap was charged Friday with conspiracy to smuggle large amounts of heroin, fentanyl and other drugs into the New York City area.
The rapper, whose real name is Willie Maxwell, was arrested Thursday at Citi Field, home of the Mets, where the three-day Rolling Loud hip-hop music festival takes place. An indictment that had previously obscured Maxwell’s name was unedited on Friday to publicly add his name to a case involving five other defendants, including a New Jersey detective.
“The fact that we arrested a rap artist and a detective as part of the conspiracy illustrates how disgusting the drug trade has become,” Michael J. Driscoll, a senior official at the FBI’s New York office, said in a statement.
The indictment accuses Maxwell and his co-defendants of conspiracy to possess and distribute more than 100 kilograms of heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine between June 2019 and June 2020. The scheme involved the use of the US Postal Service and cars with hidden spaces to move drugs from the west coast to Long Iceland, where they were stored for distribution to dealers on Long Island and in New Jersey, authorities said.
Maxwell, 30, pleaded not guilty and was ordered detained without bail at a virtual hearing Friday. His lawyer, Elizabeth Macedonio, did not argue for bail and a prosecutor told a judge there was a potential appeals deal on the way.
There was no immediate response to a message that Macedonio is seeking comments on.
Maxwell rose to prominence after his debut single “Trap Queen” reached No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 2015.
He has had other brushes with the law, including an arrest in 2019 in Las Vegas for allegedly assaulting three employees at a hotel casino. He was previously arrested in November 2017 and charged with DUI after police said he was driving drag racing on a highway in New York.
Maxwell experienced personal tragedy in October 2020 when his younger brother, 26-year-old Twyshon Depew, was shot and killed in their hometown of Paterson, New Jersey.
Then in June 2021, Maxwell’s 4-year-old daughter, Lauren, died.