Rapper Fetty Wap and 5 others indicted on federal drug trafficking charges
The rapper Fetty Wap was arrested by the FBI Thursday at Citi Field just before he was set to perform at the Rolling Loud music festival.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York announced in a press release Friday that six people were indicted for conspiring to distribute and possess controlled substances. Five of those six also face firearm charges in connection to the alleged trafficking.
Fetty Wap, 30, whose real name is William Junior Maxwell II, was charged alongside 23-year-old Anthony Cyntje, 47-year-old Anthony Leonardi, 26-year-old Robert Leonardi, 26-year-old Brian Sullivan, and 26-year-old Kavaughn Wiggins. Cyntje is reportedly a New Jersey corrections officer.
According to the release, Sullivan was arrested Sept. 30. Anthony Leonardi, Robert Leonardi, and Cyntje were all taken into custody Oct. 13. Robert Leonardi, however, was arrested in Pennsylvania. They were all ordered detained as they await trial.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office alleges the six men “distributed more than 100 kilograms of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and crack cocaine across Long Island and New Jersey” between June 2019 and June 2020. They allegedly got the drugs on the West Coast and sent them to Long Island to be stored. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says they “used the United States Postal Service and drivers with hidden vehicle compartments to transport the controlled substances.”
The statement alleges the Leonardis, Sullivan, and Wiggins bought and moved the drugs to the East Coast while Maxwell acted as “a kilogram-level redistributor for the trafficking organization.” Cyntje allegedly transported “kilograms of cocaine” to New Jersey from Long Island.
Investigators obtained a search warrant and reportedly seized $1.5 million in cash, 2 kilograms of heroin, 16 kilograms of cocaine, “numerous” fentanyl pills, two 9mm handguns, a .45 caliber pistol, a rifle, a .40 caliber pistol, and ammo.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the men could face life in prison if they are convicted.