On Wednesday, the rapper Fetty Wap was sentenced to six years in pr!son for his role in a massive drug trafficking scheme involving the shipment of narcotics from the West Coast to the East Coast, where they were sold in New Jersey and Long Island.
Willie Junior Maxwell II, a rapper who is 31 years old and whose real name is Willie Junior Maxwell II, was given a sentence for conspiracy to distribute c0caine in a federal court in Central Islip, New York.
Maxwell, originally from Paterson, New Jersey, was taken into custody for the first time in October 2021 on the suspicion that he participated in a drug trafficking conspiracy involving her0in, fentanyl, and various other substances.
In August, he entered a guilty plea to the most serious charge against him: a conspiracy to distribute and possess controlled substances related to c0caine. The amount carried a sentence requirement of a minimum of five years in pr!son as a mandatory minimum.
During his court appearance, the rapper expressed regret for his actions. He gained fame for his popular song “Trap Queen” in 2015. “I hurt my community, people who look up to me, my family and myself,” he said. “I am truly sorry for any pain I caused.”
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During the announcement of Maxwell’s sentence, Judge Joanna Seybert said to him, “Despite your background and all you overcame, you threw it all away.”
In addition to serving six years in federal pr!son, the judge ordered Maxwell to serve an additional five years under post-release supervision. The attorneys representing him have been contacted by NBC News and asked for comment.
According to the prosecution, Maxwell used his fame and influence to “glamorize the drug trade.” As a result, he should serve a sentence that is significantly longer than the minimum.
They said the musician gained fame by singing about his experiences making crack c0caine and selling drugs. The prosecution mentioned that the “Trap Queen” video showed young children standing behind the defendant while he “idealized selling drugs.”
Prosecutors said that Maxwell was accused of being a member of an organization that distributed over 100 kilograms of c0caine, her0in, fentanyl, and crack c0caine across Long Island and New Jersey between June 2019 and June 2020.
This distribution took place between June 2019 and June 2020.
The prosecution claimed that the organization on the West Coast obtained the narcotics and transported them across the country to Suffolk County, where they were stored, using the postal service and drivers who had concealed compartments in their vehicles.
According to the prosecutors, from there, the drugs were distributed to dealers who then sold them to customers on Long Island and in New Jersey.
According to the prosecutors, Maxwell served as a “kilogram-level redistributor” for the criminal organization.
During the course of the investigation, the authorities were able to seize cash totaling $1.5 million, 16 kilograms of c0caine, two kilograms of her0in, numerous fentanyl pills, as well as several firearms and ammunition.
In this case, five defendants allegedly used guns to protect the drug organization and distribution chain, as stated by the prosecution.
Six individuals were charged with participating in the conspiracy; however, only four have entered guilty pleas and are currently awaiting sentencing.
In March, one of the defendants, Anthony Cyntje, a corrections officer in New Jersey, was sentenced to seventy-two months in pr!son for his role in the conspiracy.
After reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States in May 2015 with his debut single, “Trap Queen,” Maxwell gained widespread recognition. In addition, he was put forward for two Grammy Award nominations for the hit.
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