American rapper Fetty Wap was sentenced on Wednesday to six years in prison for smuggling drugs across the US.
The “Trap Queen” rapper born Willie Jr. Maxwell II pleaded guilty last year to distributing and possessing cocaine.
New York prosecutors said he was part of a gang of six men who distributed more than 100 kilograms of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine in Long Island and New Jersey between June 2019 and June 2020.
The men obtained the drugs on the west coast of the US and used the United States Postal Service and drivers with hidden vehicle boxes to transport the drugs to New York.
The substances were then distributed to dealers who sold them on Long Island and New Jersey.
The Justice Department described Maxwell, 31, as “a kilogram-level redistributor for a trafficking organization.”
The rapper was arrested in October 2021 at the Citi Field baseball stadium in Queens, New York, where he was scheduled to perform at a concert.
Prosecutors said that during their investigation the searches recovered approximately $1.5 million in cash, 16 kilograms of cocaine, two kilograms of heroin, several fentanyl pills and several guns.
Maxwell will also be subject to five years of post-supervision, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York said in a statement.
One of Maxwell’s co-defendants, a New Jersey prison officer, was sentenced in March to six years in prison for his role in the scheme. The other four co-defendants have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.
Maxwell gained recognition when her debut single “Trap Queen” peaked at number two on the US charts in 2015.
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