Rapper Fetty Wap arrested at Rolling Loud Music Festival in New York on federal drug charges
Rapper Fetty Wrap was arrested Thursday at a music festival in New York City in what the federal government called a “multi-million dollar bi-coastal drug distribution organization” which brought in five more, including a New Jersey Corrections Officer.
The FBI took the musician, real name William Junior Maxwell II, into custody at Citi Field on Thursday afternoon, a police source confirmed to The Daily Beast.
It was scheduled to perform at 4:45 p.m. at the Rolling Loud music festival, but some spectators complained on Twitter that he never appeared. He is expected to be brought to justice in Federal Court in Central Islip on Friday.
An indictment unsealed Friday in Federal Court in Central Islip alleges Maxwell and five others conspired to sell more than 100 kilograms of narcotics, including heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and crack, through Long Island and New Jersey.
The group used the U.S. Postal Service and drivers with hidden vehicle compartments to transport drugs across the country to a storage base in Suffolk County, U.S. District Attorney Breon Peace said in a press release. is from New York. The group then reportedly used cutting agents to turn one kilogram of the drug into four kilograms before distributing it to lower-level dealers.
Four of the men: Anthony Leonardi, 47; her brother Robert Leonardi, 26; Brian Sullivan, 26; and Kavaughn Wiggins, 26, were reportedly responsible for purchasing and transporting the drugs to Suffolk County, where they were processed and stored.
Maxwell, 30, was a “kilogram-level redistributor for the trafficking organization,” Peace said. Anthony Cyntje, a 23-year-old correctional officer from New Jersey, is also charged with transporting kilograms of cocaine from Long Island to New Jersey.
Five of the men have been arrested in recent days and weeks; Maxwell was the last of the group to be rounded up. During his arraignment on Friday, the government demanded that Maxwell be held pending trial, which Maxwell’s lawyer Elizabeth Macedonio did not dispute. However, prosecutors also said the two sides were discussing a possible plea deal.
Wiggins, 26, is an aspiring rapper from Long Island named KV Boss Baby and has recorded duets with Fetty Wap, including a track titled Crack Talk.
All of the men except Maxwell are also charged with carrying firearms during the trafficking operation.
Search warrants uncovered a large supply of drugs, $ 1.5 million in cash, two 9mm handguns, a rifle, a .45 caliber pistol, a .40 caliber pistol and ammunition. , Peace said.
In a statement to the Daily Beast, Maxwell’s attorney Navarro Gray said: “We pray that this is all a big misunderstanding. He sees the judge today. Hope he gets released so we can clear things up quickly.
Its publicist and reservation agent did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Friday morning.
Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini called the program a “multi-million dollar, two-sided drug distribution organization” which has injected “massive amounts of drugs into our communities.”
“The drug pipeline in this investigation has traveled thousands of miles from the West Coast to communities here in our region, contributing to the epidemic of drug addiction and overdose that we have seen time and time again tear people’s lives apart,” said the deputy director of the FBI. Michael Driscoll charge added.
“The fact that we arrested a chart-topping rapper and correctional officer in connection with the conspiracy illustrates just how despicable the drug trade has become. “
Fetty Wap has been in trouble with the law before. He was charged with drums in 2018 for allegedly hitting a Las Vegas hotel security guard, but a judge dismissed the case in exchange for Maxwell providing 75 hours of community service.
He was also caught doing a drag race on a New York City freeway in 2017 and then pleaded guilty to drunk driving and reckless endangerment.
—With additional reporting by Justin Rohrlich and Pilar Melendez