Fetty Wap's Lawyer Speaks On Drug Charges, Says He Was "Desperate" Amid Financial Struggles

Fetty Wap's lawyer says the artist experienced financial struggles during the pandemic.

BYCaroline Fisher
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In a court filing earlier this week, Fetty Wap's defense team spoke on the rapper's motivation leading up to his alleged involvement with a drug ring. They cited his desperation to keep up with the financial obligations of himself and others as the cause for his involvement. The lawyers also went on to say the rapper is apologetic for his crimes, realizing that his actions were a mistake. His charges carry a minimum of five years in prison with a maximum of 40 years.

“What makes this case unusual is Mr. Maxwell’s motivation,” Fetty Wap's lawyer said. “Personal gain was not his motivation. Rather, he was motivated by his commitment to financially support others. He now realizes that he does not have to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders." The lawyer continued, “Suddenly it felt like life was going in reverse and he became ashamed when he began to struggle to keep up the lifestyle that he created for so many." He also claimed that "His judgment became impaired. Desperate to keep up with his financial obligations, Mr. Maxwell became involved in the instant offense for a few months in the spring of 2020.”

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Fetty Wap Was "Ashamed Of His Struggle"

Fetty Wap performs at Orpheum Theater on December 28, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images)

Fetty Wap was arrested in October 2021 on federal drug charges. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess and distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine in August. When the rapper was arrested, police recovered a myriad of illegal substances and weapons. This included 16 kilograms of cocaine, 2 kilograms of heroin, and fentanyl pills. Police also seized two 9mm handguns, a rifle, two .45 and .40 caliber pistols, ammunition, and $1.5 million in cash. He was also later labeled by prosecutors as "a kilogram-level redistributor for the trafficking organization."

In a statement made by Michael J. Driscoll after the rapper's arrest, he said, "The pipeline of drugs in this investigation ran thousands of miles from the West Coast to the communities here in our area." He also added that it was "contributing to the addiction and overdose epidemic."

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Caroline Fisher is a News Writer at HotNewHipHop from Chicago, Illinois. She started at HNHH this year, and has since spent her time writing about all that is newsworthy in the world of hip-hop. With a drive for hunting down the hottest stories, she enjoys documenting new developments in culture and entertainment. She also has an appreciation for hip-hop and seeks to cover the most important trends and shifts. She has a Bachelor of Arts which she received at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Having graduated in 2022, she majored in English with a concentration in Media, Rhetoric and Cultural Studies. Specializing all things music, pop culture and entertainment, some of her favorite musical artists include Snoop Dogg, OutKast, and Nicki Minaj. When she’s not writing about music she’s also a fan of attending shows, watching the latest movies, staying up-to-date with current events, photography, and poetry.