According to court papers, Fetty Wap and five others, including a New Jersey officer, ran a multi-million dollar drug ring, allegedly mailing narcotics through the U.S. Postal Service and hiring drivers of vehicles with hidden compartments to transport mass quantities of heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine into New Jersey and Long Island.
"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," said a statement by FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Michael J. Driscoll.
Fetty Wap, also known as William Junior Maxwell II, became an overnight sensation in the summer of 2015 with his megahit "Trap Queen." Two top singles followed: "679" featuring Remy Boyz and "My Way" remix featuring Drake.
He's mostly stayed out of the spotlight in the last few years. According to a source, it was a lack of money and prestige that motivated him to allegedly get involved in the drug trade.
Fetty Wap was born in 1991 with glaucoma in both eyes. Doctors were unable to save his left eye and instead fitted him with an ocular prosthesis.
His brother was shot and killed in Paterson last year. One of his six children, a 4-year-old daughter, died last summer of a heart ailment. It's said to have deeply affected him.
Fetty Wap did not make a bail application Friday. He was detained and remained in custody.
The U.S. Attorney said he is in renegotiation with Fetty Wap's lawyer. So, there could be cooperation and a plea deal down the road.
Fetty Wap's attorney said he prays this is a misunderstanding. The musician faces a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison.
Editor's note: This story was first published Oct. 29.
for more features.