Rapper Fetty Wap was jailed Monday (Aug. 8) after he allegedly threatened to kill a man during a FaceTime call in 2021, violating the terms of his pre-trial release in a pending federal drug conspiracy case .
Wap – real name Willie Maxwell – told the man, “I’m going to kill you and everyone you’re with,” and pointed a gun during the video call Dec. 11, about two months after his arrest in the drug case, they said the prosecutors.
US Judge Steven Locke revoked Maxwell’s bail at the request of prosecutors and sent him to prison after a hearing Monday in a Long Island federal court.
The Independent has reached out to Maxwell representatives for comment.
Maxwell was originally arrested last October on charges of taking part in a conspiracy to smuggle large quantities of heroin, fentanyl and other drugs into the New York City area.
Maxwell, who pleaded not guilty, was released after posting $500,000 (£413,000) bail secured by property he owns in Georgia and agreeing to certain conditions, including that that he should not violate any federal, state or local law during his release and that he does not possess a firearm or other weapon.
Prosecutors say evidence, including a recording of the FaceTime call, showed a likely reason Maxwell knowingly violated the terms of his release.
During the call, Maxwell repeatedly threatened, “I’m going to kill you,” and was seen holding a gun and pointing it at the screen, according to an FBI affidavit filed with the court record. After the man on the other end of the line called Maxwell a rat, Maxwell responded by saying, “Your husband is a rat,” the affidavit reads.
Prosecutors identified the person Maxwell is accused of not threatening and referred to the man in the court filing as only John Doe.
In the underlying drug case, Maxwell and five co-defendants are charged with conspiring to possess and distribute more than 100 kilograms of heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine between June 2019 and June 2020.
The scheme allegedly involved using the US Postal Service and cars with hidden compartments to transport drugs from the West Coast to Long Island, where they were stored for distribution to Long Island and New Jersey dealers, prosecutors said.
Maxwell rose to prominence with his debut single “Trap Queen,” which reached #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 2015.
He had other troubles with the law, including an arrest in Las Vegas in 2019 for allegedly assaulting three employees at a hotel-casino. He was previously arrested in November 2017 and charged with drunk driving after police said he was drag racing on a New York City freeway.
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