Rapper Fetty Wap arrested on drug charges at music festival

Rapper Fetty Wap has been arrested in New York City on federal drug charges, the FBI has said.

The US musician, whose real name is Willie Maxwell, was taken into custody on Thursday while he was appearing at baseball ground Citi Field, where the three-day Rolling Loud hip-hop music festival was taking place.

“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,” Michael J. Driscoll, a top official with the FBI’s New York office, said.

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2019 file photo Fetty Wap arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center on in Newark, N.J. Police in Las Vegas say rapper Fetty Wap was arrested after allegedly assaulting three employees at a hotel. Police say the 28-year-old whose real name is Willie Maxwell was arrested Sunday morning, Sept. 1 on three counts of battery. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP,File)
Image: Rapper Fetty Wap’s real name is Willie Maxwell

Further details surrounding the charges have not yet been released and representatives for Maxwell, 30, have not released a statement.

The rapper rose to fame after his debut single “Trap Queen” reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 2015.

The arrest comes just two months after Maxwell confirmed his four-year-old daughter Lauren had died.

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Back in August, he went on Instagram Live to thank fans for their support after losing his “little twin”, whom he shared with dancer Turquoise Miami.

He said during the chat: “Man. Man. Thank y’all, yeah? That’s love. I appreciate y’all, for real. Damn. That’s love. She’d be happy as hell.”

Miami also shared an emotional post with her followers earlier that week, and a short video of her daughter in a swimming pool.

She said: “This is my amazing, beautiful, funny, vibrant, loving, talented, smart and hard-headed princess mermaid Aquarius.

“If you see this post scrolling by with her comment or just say to yourself ‘I love you LAUREN’ because they say that souls can feel your love #rip.”

It is not known what the cause of Lauren’s death was.

Maxwell had also experienced personal tragedy in October 2020 when his younger brother, 26-year-old Twyshon Depew, was shot and killed in their hometown of Paterson, New Jersey.

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