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October 31, 2021

Rapper Fetty Wap arrested on federal drug charges

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.

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Rapper Fetty Wap arrested on federal drug charges in NYC

October 2, 2021

Data leak links NYPD officers to far-right militia group, mayor vows ‘full investigation’

A data leak revealed an apparent link between two New York Police Department officers to a far-right militia group, prompting New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) to promise a “full investigation.”

“There will be a full investigation to find out exactly if any officer was involved? How were they involved? What did they do? What did they say? If it’s the kind of thing that would disqualify them from serving,” de Blasio said.

The mayor added that the investigation would be “right away.”

The data, published by the group Distributed Denial of Secrets, consists of records claiming to be emails and membership data from the Oath Keepers.

The names of an NYPD sergeant and a Staten Island officer were among the records. 

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De Blasio vows ‘full investigation’ after data leak appears to link two NYPD officers to the Oath Keepers

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