Fetty Wap and others are accused of distributing more than 100 kilograms of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine across Long Island and New Jersey, according to legal documents obtained by TMZ.
During the investigation, the FBI obtained $1.5 million in cash, 16 kilograms of cocaine, two kilograms of heroin, fentanyl pills, pistols, handguns and a rifle. If found guilty, Fetty Wap and the other defendants could face life in prison.
Prior to Fetty’s arraignment on Friday morning (October 29), his attorney, Navarro Gray, told TMZ, “We pray that this is all a big misunderstanding. He sees the judge today. Hoping he gets released so we can clear things up expeditiously.”
[This story has been updated. The original version was published on October 29, 2021 at 9:32 a.m. EST and can be found below.]
Law enforcement sources say the 30-year-old rapper, whose real name is William Junior Maxwell II, was arrested by FBI agents at Citi Field in Queens, New York, which played host to day one of Rolling Loud New York on Thursday night.
Further details surrounding Fetty Wap’s federal drug charges have yet to be revealed as the indictment against him is still sealed. The Paterson, New Jersey native is expected to be arraigned at a federal court in Islip in Suffolk County, New York on Friday morning (October 29).
Fetty Wap’s arrest comes just a week after the release of his new album The Butterfly Effect. The 17-track solo effort signaled the beginning of a resurgence for the diamond-selling rapper, who rose to fame with hits such as “Trap Queen,” “679” and “My Way” — the latter of which got remixed by Drake — between 2014 and 2015.
This isn’t Fetty Wap’s first brush with the law. In 2019, he was charged with battery after allegedly assaulting three employees at a hotel in Las Vegas.
Before that, he arrested and charged with DUI in November 2017 after police say he was caught drag racing another car on a New York City highway while inebriated.
HipHopDX will update this story as more details emerge.