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NEWS: Rapper Fetty Wap Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Drug Trafficking Scheme

Fetty Wap, the renowned rapper behind the hit song "Trap Queen," has been handed a six-year prison sentence for his involvement in a large-scale drug trafficking scheme. The scheme encompassed the transportation of narcotics from the West Coast to be sold in New Jersey and Long Island. The 31-year-old rapper, whose real name is Willie Junior Maxwell II, was sentenced in federal court in Central Islip, New York, after pleading guilty to the charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Maxwell, hailing from Paterson, New Jersey, was initially apprehended in October 2021 on allegations of partaking in a drug smuggling conspiracy involving heroin, fentanyl, and other illicit substances. In August, he pleaded guilty to the leading charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess controlled substances specifically related to cocaine. The charge mandated a minimum prison term of five years.

Expressing remorse in the courtroom, Fetty Wap conveyed his apologies, acknowledging the harm caused to his community, those who looked up to him, his family, and himself. He stated, "I hurt my community, people who look up to me, my family and myself. I am truly sorry for any pain I caused." However, Judge Joanna Seybert rebuked Maxwell while delivering his sentence, highlighting the squandering of opportunities and progress despite the challenges he had overcome.

Alongside the six-year federal prison sentence, Maxwell was also placed under five years of post-release supervision. NBC News has sought comments from his legal representatives regarding the matter.

Prosecutors had requested a longer sentence than the minimum, contending that Maxwell exploited his fame and influence to glamorize the drug trade. They cited his songs, which depicted his experiences cooking crack cocaine and selling drugs, as well as his "Trap Queen" music video, which showcased young children behind him while he romanticized drug dealing.

According to the prosecutors' statement, Maxwell was accused of being involved in an organization that distributed over 100 kilograms of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and crack cocaine across Long Island and New Jersey between June 2019 and June 2020. The group allegedly sourced the narcotics from the West Coast and utilized the postal service and concealed compartments in vehicles to transport the drugs across the country to Suffolk County for storage. From there, the drugs were disseminated to dealers who sold them in Long Island and New Jersey.

Prosecutors identified Maxwell as a "kilogram-level redistributor" within the organization. During the investigation, law enforcement recovered $1.5 million in cash, 16 kilograms of cocaine, two kilograms of heroin, numerous fentanyl pills, several firearms, and ammunition. It was revealed that five of the defendants involved in the case utilized firearms to protect the drug organization and its distribution chain.

A total of six individuals were charged in connection with the drug trafficking conspiracy. Among them, four have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing, while one defendant, Anthony Cyntje, a New Jersey corrections officer, was sentenced to 72 months in prison for his involvement in the conspiracy in March.

Fetty Wap achieved prominence with his debut single, "Trap Queen," which reached No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 2015. The hit song also earned him two Grammy nominations.

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