Rapper Fetty Wap was taken into custody on federal drug charges Thursday at Citi Field in Queens, New York, authorities said.
The “Trap Queen” performer’s arrest happened during the Rolling Loud hip-hop music festival, FBI spokesperson Amy Thoreson told the Associated Press.
Fetty Wap, real name William Junior Maxwell II, was one of six men indicted for allegedly participating in a nationwide drug distribution network, a law enforcement source told ABC News. A corrections officer was among the defendants.
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Prosecutors allege the men conspired to distribute and possess heroin and fentanyl in the New York and New Jersey area after obtaining the drugs on the West Coast.
The defendants allegedly used the U.S. Postal Service and drivers with hidden compartments in their vehicles to move the drugs around the country.
“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,” U.S. attorney Breon Peace said.
Fetty Wap, 30, redistributed the drugs for the group, prosecutors allege.
“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,” the FBI’s Michael Driscoll said.
The hip-hop star is originally from Paterson, N.J. He was expected to make his first court appearance Friday on Long Island.
Fetty Wap has had other brushes with the law in the past. In September 2019, he was arrested for allegedly assaulting three employees at a hotel-casino.
The rapper also faced tragedy in June 2021, when his 4-year-old daughter, Lauren Maxwell, died after suffering health problems.