Rapper Fetty Wap pleads guilty to federal drug charges in New York
Rapper Fetty Wap pleaded guilty on Monday to conspiring to possess and distribute 500 grams of cocaine, a charge that carries a minimum sentence of five years in prison.
The hip-hop star, real name Willie Maxwell II, pleaded before Judge Steven I. Locke at the Central Islip Federal Courthouse on Long Island.
“I agreed with other people to distribute cocaine,” he told the judge.
He added that he weighed at least 500 grams and that some of the riding happened in Suffolk County.
When asked how he would like to plead, the “Trap Queen” rapper replied, “Guilty.”
The charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of five years, Locke said during the hearing.
The plea is “standard” – and the rapper is not cooperating with law enforcement, his attorney, Elizabeth Macedonio, told reporters in the hallway outside the courtroom.
“He’s not cooperating. I want it to be very, very clear,” she said.
The New Jersey-born rap star appeared jovial in the courtroom, and before the judge took the bench, he repeatedly nodded, smiled and exchanged words with a group of four who came support him.
“I love you,” Fetty Wap told them before being introduced by US Marshals after the hearing.
Federal prosecutors allege the rapper was involved in a scheme in which he and his cohort picked up cocaine in Suffolk County and moved it to his home state of New Jersey to distribute.
Prosecutor Chris Caffarone told the judge the U.S. Attorney’s Office would provide important evidence if the case goes to trial, including testimony and video footage showing Fetty Wap “here on Long Island.”
Locke noted during the hearing that prosecutors did not give Fetty Wap a 5k letter, which is usually given to defendants who cooperate with law enforcement in an effort to obtain lighter sentences.
The musician has been held in a special housing unit at a federal prison in Brooklyn since he was taken into custody three weeks ago, his attorney said at the end of the hearing.
Macedonio said she was “very concerned about his accommodation” and that he was under the “harshest conditions”.
She requested that he be moved to another prison pending sentencing, which the prosecutor did not object to, but said the decision was ultimately up to the Bureau of Prisons and the US Marshals Service.