According to a senior law enforcement officer, rapper Fetty Wap was detained by the FBI on federal drugs charges on Thursday, Oct. 28.
Wap’s real name is Willie Junior Maxwell II, and his legal name is Fetty Wap. He was ordered to be jailed without bail after pleading not guilty in a virtual hearing. Elizabeth Macedonio, the attorney, named as representing him, did not respond to a message left on her voicemail on Friday, Oct. 29.
According to a law enforcement officer, the rap singer was taken into custody at Citi Field in Queens, where the Rolling Loud music festival was taking place on Thursday.
Sixteen people have been arrested following the investigation, including the Paterson, New Jersey, rapper and Anthony Cyntje, 23, of Passaic, New Jersey; Brian Sullivan, 26; Robert Leonardi, 26; and Anthony Leonardi, 47, both of Lake Grove, New York; and Kavaughn Wiggins, 26, of Coram, New York.
In a statement, Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini noted that the defendants are all suspected of conducting a “multimillion-dollar bicoastal narcotics distribution network” out of Suffolk County.
As alleged in the indictment and court proceedings, from approximately June 2019 through June 2020, the defendants obtained the narcotics on the West Coast. They used the United States Postal Service and drivers with hidden vehicle compartments to transport the controlled substances across the country to Suffolk County, where they were stored. The drugs were then distributed to dealers who sold the controlled substances on Long Island and New Jersey.
Prosecutors allege that five of the defendants used weapons to safeguard their drug trafficking network and organization.
Breon Peace, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said the defendants “transported, distributed and sold more than 100 kilograms of deadly and addictive drugs, including heroin and fentanyl, on Long Island, deliberately contributing to the opioid epidemic that has devastated our communities and taken too many lives.” But, he added, “We will continue to work nonstop with our law enforcement partners to keep our neighborhoods safe from the scourge of dangerous drugs and gun violence.”
About $1.5 million in cash, 16 kilograms of cocaine, two kilograms of heroin, countless fentanyl tablets, two handguns, a rifle, a pistol, and ammo were found throughout the investigation thanks to search warrants that were executed.
In contrast to Sullivan, who was detained on Sept. 30, the remainder of the defendants were apprehended in October. They’re all accused of planning to distribute and having in their possession illegal drugs. If convicted, the defendants might spend the rest of their lives behind bars.
A Fetty Wap lawyer, Navarro Gray, explained: “We pray that this is all a big misunderstanding. … Hoping he gets released so we can clear things up expeditiously.”
Most of the other defendants’ attorneys were unavailable for comment Friday night, according to court documents. However, Cyntje’s lawyer promised to “vigorously defend these charges.”
Police said they caught Fetty Wap for drag racing on a New York City roadway and found him with a blood-alcohol level three times higher than the legal limit.