Rapper Fetty Wap was arrested Thursday evening by the FBI on federal drug charges, a senior law enforcement official stated.
Fetty Wap, 30, whose authorized title is Willie Junior Maxwell II, pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without the need of bail at a virtual hearing on Friday, The Affiliated Push reported. An attorney detailed for him, Elizabeth Macedonio, did not quickly return a request for comment Friday night.
According to the regulation enforcement formal, the artist was arrested at Citi Field in Queens, where by the Rolling Loud new music festival was held Thursday.
The Paterson, New Jersey, rapper is amongst a half-dozen individuals charged in the circumstance. The other defendants had been discovered Friday as New Jersey correction officer Anthony Cyntje, 23, of Passaic Brian Sullivan, 26, of Lake Grove, New York Kavaughn Wiggins, 26, of Coram, New York Robert Leonardi, 26, of Levittown, Pennsylvania and his brother Anthony Leonardi, 47, also of Coram.
They are all accused of running what prosecutors described as a “multimillion-dollar bicoastal drug distribution firm” with Suffolk County as their house foundation, county District Lawyer Timothy Sini claimed in a assertion.
In accordance to an indictment, the business ran from about June 2019 to June 2020. The defendants attained narcotics on the West Coast and applied the postal provider and “drivers with concealed motor vehicle compartments” to transport the medicines to Suffolk County where by they had been saved, in accordance to a press launch by the U.S. Attorney’s Business.
The prescription drugs were being then allegedly dispersed to sellers who sold them on Long Island and New Jersey. 5 of the defendants are accused of utilizing firearms to defend their drug group and distribution chain, prosecutors reported.
“As alleged, the defendants transported, distributed and sold more than 100 kilograms of lethal and addictive prescription drugs, like heroin and fentanyl, on Long Island, intentionally contributing to the opioid epidemic that has devastated our communities and taken too many lives,” mentioned Breon Peace, U.S. Lawyer for the Japanese District of New York, in a assertion.
“We will continue to get the job done nonstop with our legislation enforcement partners to preserve our neighborhoods secure from the scourge of perilous medicines and gun violence.”
Lookup warrants executed for the duration of the investigation recovered about $1.5 million in income, 16 kilograms of cocaine, two kilograms of heroin, several fentanyl tablets, two handguns, a rifle, a pistol, and ammunition.
Sullivan was arrested Sept. 30, when the other defendants have been taken into custody in October. They have all been billed with conspiring to distribute and have controlled substances. If charged, the defendants deal with a maximum of lifestyle in prison.
Navarro Gray, a law firm for Fetty Wap, said: “We pray that this is all a big misunderstanding. … Hoping he gets released so we can apparent factors up expeditiously.”
Lawyers for most of the other defendants which experienced counsel detailed in courtroom documents did not straight away react to requests for remark Friday evening. An legal professional for Cyntje said he “will vigorously defend these expenses.”
Fetty Wap was previously arrested in 2019 on a few counts of battery, and in 2017 on a DUI demand following law enforcement say he was caught drag racing an additional car or truck on a New York City highway. The status of people instances was not straight away clear Friday.
His 4-yr-previous daughter Lauren Maxwell died more than the summer months.
The rapper is finest recognized for his 2014 sleeper hit, “Lure Queen,” which achieved No. 2 on the Billboard Incredibly hot 100.
Elisha Fieldstadt contributed.