Rapper Fetty Wap pleaded responsible Monday to conspiracy to own and distribute 500 grams of cocaine — a cost that carries a minimal five-year jail sentence.
The hip-hop star, actual title Willie Maxwell II, entered the plea earlier than Decide Steven I. Locke on the federal courthouse in Central Islip on Lengthy Island.
“I agreed with different individuals to distribute cocaine,” he informed the decide.
He added that it was not less than 500 grams and that a few of the conduct occurred in Suffolk County.
When requested how he’d prefer to plead, the “Entice Queen” rapper responded, “Responsible.”
The cost carries a most sentence of 40 years in jail and a compulsory minimal of 5 years, Locke mentioned on the listening to.
The plea is “commonplace” — and the rapper just isn’t cooperating with legislation enforcement, his lawyer, Elizabeth Macedonio, informed reporters within the hallway exterior of the courtroom.
“He’s not cooperating. I need that to be very, very clear,” she mentioned.
The New Jersey-born rap star appeared jovial within the courtroom, and earlier than the decide took the bench, he repeatedly nodded, smiled at and exchanged phrases with a bunch of 4 individuals who got here to help him.
“I really like you,” Fetty Wap informed them earlier than being ushered out by US Marshals following the listening to.
Federal prosecutors say the rapper was concerned in a scheme during which he and his cohort picked up cocaine in Suffolk County and moved it to his dwelling state of New Jersey to distribute.
Prosecutor Chris Caffarone informed the decide that the US Lawyer’s Workplace would supply important proof if the case went to trial, together with witness testimony and video footage that confirmed Fetty Wap “out right here on Lengthy Island.”
Locke famous in the course of the listening to that prosecutors had not given Fetty Wap a 5k letter, that are often handed to defendants who cooperate with legislation enforcement in an effort to get them decrease sentences.
The musician has been held at a particular housing unit at a Brooklyn federal jail since he was remanded into custody three weeks in the past, his lawyer mentioned on the finish of the listening to.
Macedonio mentioned she was “very involved about his housing” and that he was topic to the “harshest of circumstances.”
She requested he be transferred to a different jail pending sentencing, to which the prosecutor didn’t object, however mentioned the choice finally rests with the Bureau of Prisons and the US Marshals Service.