Fetty Wap arrested for alleged FaceTime death threat
NEW YORK - Rapper Fetty Wap, who had been on a $500,000 bond after being arrested on federal drug charges, was arrested in New Jersey after prosecutors claim he violated the conditions of his pre-trial release.
In an FBI affidavit filed in federal court, federal authorities claim Fetty Wap threatened to kill a person while on a FaceTime video call in 2021. During the call, Fetty Wap repeatedly threatened, "I'm going to kill you" while pointing at gun at the screen, according to the affidavit. After the man on the other end of the call called Fetty a rat, the rapper said, "Your man is a rat," according to the affidavit.
At a hearing on Monday afternoon, Magistrate Judge Steven Locke revoked Fetty Wap's bond and sent him to jail, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. attorney.
The rapper, whose real name is William Junior Maxwell II, was arrested at Citi Field last October during the Rolling Loud hip-hop music festival. Fetty Wap was among a group that was accused of selling more than 100 kilograms of drugs, including heroin and fentanyl.
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They allegedly obtained the narcotics on the West Coast and used the U.S. Postal Service and drivers with hidden vehicle compartments to transport them across the country to Suffolk County, where they were stored. The drugs were then distributed to dealers who sold the controlled substances on Long Island and in New Jersey.
Search warrants executed during the investigation resulted in the recovery of approximately $1.5 million in cash, 16 kilograms of cocaine, 2 kilograms of heroin, numerous fentanyl pills, two 9mm handguns, a rifle, a .45 caliber pistol, a .40 caliber pistol, and ammunition.
Fetty Wap's attorney issued a statement after the initial arrest stating: "We pray that this is all a big misunderstanding."
Two of his codefendants have pleaded guilty in the case.
Fetty Wap rose to prominence after his debut single "Trap Queen" reached number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 2015.
He lost his left eye as a child due to congenital glaucoma.
Fetty Wap, 30, has had several run-ins with the law in the past, including a 2019 arrest for allegedly assaulting three hotel employees in Las Vegas.
In 2017 he was arrested and charged with DUI after police say he was caught street racing another car on a New York City highway.
Police said he was driving his 2015 Mercedes at more than 100 mph in a 50 mph zone when officers pulled him over. They say he gave them an expired New Jersey driver's license.