Fetty Wap pleaded guilty Monday (Aug. 22) to taking part in what prosecutors call “a multimillion-dollar bicoastal drug distribution organization,” leaving the rapper facing a minimum five-year prison sentence.
The “Trap Queen” star (real name Willie Junior Maxwell II) was arrested in October, charged along with several others with conspiracy to distribute and possess heroin, fentanyl and cocaine. Prosecutors say the group shipped more than 100 kilograms of the drugs from California and distributed them on Long Island.
At a hearing Monday in Long Island federal court, Fetty Wap pleaded guilty to that charge – setting the stage for a potentially lengthy sentence. Prosecutors say he faces a minimum five-year sentence, but that guidelines call for between 7 and 9 years.
It’s unclear if the guilty plea was the result of a deal with prosecutors, which would typically mean he’s cooperating with the investigation and could receive a shorter prison sentence as a result. His attorney did not immediately return a request for comment on Monday.
The rapper was arrested in October at Rolling Loud New York after prosecutors unveiled an indictment against him and five others: Anthony Leonardi, Robert Leonardi, Brian Sullivan, Kavaughn Wiggins and Anthony Cyntje, a New Jersey corrections officer. At the time, prosecutors said the group had contributed 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,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Michael J. Driscoll said in October.
The other defendants also faced firearm charges, but Fetty Wap was not named in that count.
He initially pleaded not guilty and was released from jail in November on a $500,000 bond while he awaited trial. But earlier this month, the rapper was re-arrested for pointing a gun and threatening to kill someone on a FaceTime call, as well as calling someone else a “rat.” It’s unclear who he was threatening.
Retty Wap is the third defendant to plead guilty in the case. In June, Robert Leonardi pleaded guilty to the drug charge and Cyntje pleaded guilty to both the drug and firearms charges.
A sentencing date has not yet been set.