A Levittown man is charged as part of a drug trafficking conspiracy including Rapper Fetty Wap. The group allegedly moved more than 100 kilograms of various drugs to New Jersey and Long Island.
Authorities arrested Robert Leonardi, 26 of Bristol Township two weeks ago. William Junior Maxwell II, or Fetty Wap, was arrested late last week and appeared in court Friday.
Maxwell pleaded not guilty, according to the Associated Press. However, lawyers said a plea deal may be in the works.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York charged six men in the alleged operation, which includes a New Jersey corrections officer. Prosecutors say they conspired to distribute over 220 pounds of crack cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl throughout Long Island and the Garden state.
Their multi-million dollar drug ring ran from coast to coast, according to prosecutors. The charges cover activity from June 2019 through June 2020.
“The pipeline of drugs in this investigation ran thousands of miles from the West Coast to the communities here in our area, contributing to the addiction and overdose epidemic we have seen time and time again tear people’s lives apart,” said Michael Driscoll, FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge.
Authorities say the suspects would use the U.S. Postal Service and hidden compartments in vehicles to transport the drugs from the West Coast. They allegedly stored the drugs in Suffolk County before moving them to Long Island for sale.
“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 Driscoll.
In their investigation, law enforcement allegedly seized:
- $1.5 million in cash,
- 16 kilograms of cocaine,
- 2 kilograms of heroin,
- numerous fentanyl pills,
- two 9mm handguns, a rifle,
- a .45 caliber pistol,
- a .40 caliber pistol,
- and ammunition.