Rapper Fetty Wap sentenced to six years in prison for drug trafficking

US rapper Fetty Wap, real name Willie Junior Maxwell II, has been sentenced to six years in prison.

The rapper who was arrested in 2021, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine across Long Island and New Jersey.

Shortly after his arrest back in 2021, Fetty Wap was released on $500,000 bond, however, this was later revoked after he allegedly displayed a gun and threatened to kill someone during a FaceTime call. He has remained in custody since.

He plead guilty to the drug charges in August 2022, and had been facing between five and 40 years in prison.

In court, the rapper admitted to conspiring to distribute cocaine, telling the judge: "I agreed with other people to distribute cocaine. I knew the conduct was illegal."

During the trial the prosecution, who were pushing for a sentence of seven to nine years, entered some of the musician's own lyrics into evidence, reports US music outlet Rolling Stone.

The prosecution citing references to selling drugs, specifically cocaine, in his hit songs Trap Queen and Sweet Yams, the latter of which was released following his arrest.

His own lawyers, who argued for the minimum five year sentence, claimed that he only became involved in the alleged drug ring in spring 2020 due to the pandemic negatively impacting his already strained finances.

According to Rolling Stone, Fetty Wap's legal team argued: "He was sued personally, was going through a divorce, and was involved with a tour manager who was stealing from him."

They also stressed his "unusual" motivation for drug-dealing, arguing: "Personal gain was not his motivation. Rather, he was motivated by his commitment to financially support others.

"He now realizes that he does not have to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders. He has grown and learned from his mistake.

"His family has seen Mr. Maxwell mature and become more self-aware in the past several months without the distractions that weighed on him previously. They are convinced he will do things differently upon his release."

The rapper was arrested moments before he was due to perform at the Rolling Loud music festival in 2021.

He was previously arrested in 2017 and charged with drunk driving, reckless endangerment, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, illegally changing lanes, and drag racing.


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