On late Thursday, a senior law enforcement official confirmed that Rapper Fetty Wap has been taken into custody by the FBI upon federal drug charges.
On Friday, the 30-year-old rapper Fetty Wap whose good name is Willie Junior Maxwell II requested to be found not guilty was given an order to hold without bail at an online hearing. As reported by the sources, Elizabeth Macedonio, an advocate appointed for him, did not instantly turn back an appeal for remark on Friday evening.
As per the statement made by the official of law enforcement, the rapper was booked at Citi Field in Queens on Thursday where the Rolling Loud music festival was held.
The rapper is charged in the case along with almost half a dozen people along with The Paterson, New Jersey. On Friday the other accused were identified as New Jersey correction officer Anthony Cyntje, who is 23 years old and from Passaic, 26 years old Brian Sullivan, of Lake Grove, New York, 26 years old Kavaughn Wiggins of Coram, New York, Robert Leonardi of Levittown, Pennsylvania, who is also 26 years old together with his elder brother Anthony Leonardi of Coram who is 47 years old.
As confirmed in a statement by the county District Attorney Timothy Sini, they are all suspected of running what lawyers explained as a “multimillion-dollar bicoastal drug distribution organization” with Suffolk County as their stamping ground.
Suffolk County: The Home Base
As per an impeachment, the organization operated from nearly June 2019 till June 2020. The accused gathered narcotics over the West Coast and made use of the postal services and “drivers with hidden vehicle compartments” to send the drugs so that they can store to Suffolk County, as per a press release from the office of the U.S. Attorney.
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Allegedly, after sending to the home base Suffolk County, then the drugs were allocated to the dealers who used to sell them on New Jersey and Long Island. It was further said by the prosecutors that among all, 5 of the suspects are charged with accusations of using firearms to guard their drug organization and distribution streak.
A U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Breon Peace said in a statement, “As alleged, 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,”
Further adding he stated, “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.”
What has been recovered from the search warrants?
From the search warrants that had been implemented at the time of inspection, cash of nearly $1.5 million had been recovered along with 16 kilograms of cocaine, numerous fentanyl pills, two kilograms of heroin, two handguns, one pistol, one rifle, and ammunition.
On 30th September, Sullivan was taken into custody whereas the remaining accused were arrested later in October. All of them have been booked with colluding to distribute and hold restricted materials. In case they get charged, the accused will be sentenced to imprisonment for the maximum years of their life.
A lawyer for Fetty Wap, Navarro Gray, stated that “We pray that this is all a big misunderstanding. … Hoping he gets released so we can clear things up expeditiously.”
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On Friday night, advocates for the majority of the other accused who had counsel registered in records of the court did not instantly react to appeals for remark. An advocate appointed for Cyntje stated he “will vigorously defend these charges.”
Fetty Wap had been also arrested earlier in 2017 and 2019
Earlier, back in 2017, Fetty Wap was taken into custody on a DUI charge following a police claim he was found drag racing another car on a New York City highway, and again in 2019, he was arrested on three counts of battery. On Friday, the status of those cases was not clear.
The artist is very famous for his 2014 sleeper hit, “Trap Queen,” which managed to reach No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and his daughter, Lauren Maxwell, who was just 4 years old when she lost her life this year in August.