Rapper Fetty Wap faces federal drug charges, arrested in possession of loaded gun and Xanax pills

Rapper Fetty Wap was arrested on federal drug charges and taken to federal prison in New York City on Thursday evening after police found the multi-platinum producer and “Trap Queen” artist in possession of…

Rapper Fetty Wap faces federal drug charges, arrested in possession of loaded gun and Xanax pills

Rapper Fetty Wap was arrested on federal drug charges and taken to federal prison in New York City on Thursday evening after police found the multi-platinum producer and “Trap Queen” artist in possession of a loaded .380 semi-automatic handgun and 10 Xanax pills in his vehicle.

The 21-year-old rapper, whose real name is Willie Maxwell, allegedly showed his driver’s license to police at a traffic stop in Queens but lied about the place he lived.

“I was coming to meet a friend, to drop my girlfriend off, and I just got pulled over,” Wap told CBS 2 at the scene, though authorities said he had only recently moved to a new apartment.

Wap was pulled over in the area of 196th Street and Pershing Avenue in Jamaica, Queens, at approximately 9:25 p.m. Thursday after police were called to the scene following a report of someone riding a scooter erratically with a gun, according to the New York Daily News. The rapper turned out to be a passenger in a car with six other people.

The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office says the rapper was found to be in possession of the loaded .380 semi-automatic in his center console. Authorities were also looking for additional guns and heroin in the vehicle at the time of his arrest.

Wap is being held without bail pending a June 30 arraignment on federal charges of possession of a firearm during the commission of a drug offense.

“I was just laughing, I’m not tripping,” Wap told CBS 2 of his arrest. “This happened in front of everybody and you all stopped me at 11 at night and arrested me. So I’m not tripping.”

Federal authorities have not yet revealed if Wap had a license to carry a gun in New York State. In a statement on Friday, Wap’s attorney, Lincoln Reed, said his client’s car was pulled over because of “seriously suspicious behavior” and “no finding of illegal drugs was made at the scene.”

“Despite our best efforts, we were unable to speak with my client and only learned of his arrest this morning,” Reed said. “We are currently evaluating the situation and investigating the story, which could be easily advanced in concert with our own authorities in New York.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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