Rapper Fetty Wap, real name Willie Maxwell, was charged with conspiracy to smuggle large amounts of heroin, fentanyl, and other drugs into the New York City area.
Authorities arrested Maxwell on Thursday at Citi Field, home of the Mets and the venue where the three-day Rolling Loud hip-hop festival took place. The rapper’s case involves five other defendants, including a New Jersey corrections officer.
“The fact that we arrested a chart-topping rap artist and a corrections officer as part of the conspiracy illustrates just how vile the drug trade has become,” said Michael J. Driscoll, a top official with the FBI’s New York office.
The indictment charges the defendants with conspiracy to possess and distribute more than 220 pounds of heroin, fentanyl, and crack cocaine between June 2019 and June 2020. The operation involved using the U.S. Postal Service and cars with hidden compartments.
Maxwell, 30, pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail at a virtual hearing on Friday.