As family and friends regarded on, rapper Fetty Wap on Wednesday apologized for his actions and stated he was “precisely the place I’m imagined to be,” earlier than a choose sentenced him to 6 years in federal jail for his position in a New York-based drug-trafficking scheme.
The “Lure Queen” rapper, whose authorized title is Willie Maxwell, pleaded responsible in August 2022 to a conspiracy drug cost that carried a compulsory minimal sentence of 5 years. The sentence was handed down in federal court docket on Lengthy Island.
Maxwell instructed U.S. District Choose Joanna Seybert, “Me being egocentric in my satisfaction put me on this place at present.” His legal professionals had prompt he turned to promoting medicine due to monetary hardship introduced on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Maxwell was arrested in October 2021 on costs of collaborating in a conspiracy to smuggle massive quantities of heroin, fentanyl and different medicine into the New York Metropolis space.
The New Jersey-born rapper and 5 co-defendants had been accused of conspiring to own and distribute greater than 100 kilograms (220 kilos) of heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine between June 2019 and June 2020.
Prosecutors stated the scheme concerned utilizing the U.S. Postal Service and vehicles with hidden compartments to maneuver medicine from the West Coast to Lengthy Island, the place they had been saved for distribution to sellers on Lengthy Island and in New Jersey.
Maxwell pleaded responsible to conspiracy to distribute and possess managed substances, the highest cost in an indictment towards him, admitting that he participated in an enormous drug trafficking racket. The plea, which pertained solely to cocaine, spared him from a possible life sentence if he had been convicted on all the costs he confronted.
Maxwell’s legal professionals had hoped for the minimal five-year jail time period, whereas prosecutors sought an extended sentence.
“It is a unhappy day,”‘ protection legal professional Elizabeth Macedonio stated. “It is a child from Paterson, New Jersey who made it out.”
She stated Maxwell “accepts accountability for his conduct.”
Assistant United States Attorneys Christopher Caffarone stated the prosecution was not about Maxwell’s fame as a performer.
“The defendant did truly promote medicine,” Caffarone stated. “The defendant did truly promote cocaine.”
Seybert instructed Maxwell, “You’ve acquired so much going for you. See when you can put it collectively.”
Maxwell rose to prominence after his debut single, the melodic however grungy “Lure Queen,” reached No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Sizzling 100 chart in Could 2015. The tune talks a few lover having your again — even when meaning serving to you cook dinner and promote medicine.
He was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards in 2016.
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