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Aug. 22 (UPI) — Rap artist Fetty Wap pleaded guilty Monday to his role in a drug trafficking ring and faces at the least five years in federal prison.
Based on the plea deal, the hip-hop star pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and still have cocaine, however, not fentanyl and heroin.
The rapper, whose real name is William Junior Maxwell II, was facing life in prison after he was among six people indicted on drug trafficking charges this past year. Prosecutors said the group arranged for fentanyl, heroin and cocaine to be shipped from the West Coast to market in NEW YORK and NJ.
“As alleged, the defendants transported, distributed and sold a lot more than 100 kilograms of deadly and addictive drugs, including heroin and fentanyl, on Long Island, deliberately adding to the opioid epidemic which has devastated our communities and taken way too many lives,” U.S. attorney Breon Peace said once the charges were announced.
Maxwell, 30, was arrested in October throughout a music festival at Citi Field in Queens, 90 days following the death of his 4-year-old daughter.
The rapper remains in custody in the special housing unit at Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn after his $500,000 bond was revoked earlier this month on charges he violated the conditions of his pre-trial release. Prosecutors said a December video recording of a FaceTime call showed Maxwell waving around a gun and threatening to kill a guy.
Maxwell’s sentencing is not scheduled, but guidelines range between 7 to 9 years.
The rapper, who lost a watch to glaucoma as a kid, is well known for his single “Trap Queen,” which hit the Billboard Top 10 in 2015. He also made the Billboard Top 100 along with his song “My Way.”