Rapper Fetty Wap was arrested at Newark Liberty Airport on Friday, a police source told TMZ.
The N.J.-born artist, whose real name is William Junior Maxwell II, was taken into custody sometime in the morning or early afternoon, when police were alerted via the rapper’s electronic ankle monitor, the outlet reported.
After running the 30-year-old’s information, authorities found he was wanted on an arrest warrant issued in North Bergen, sources said. He was booked in a New Jersey jail but was reportedly expected to make bond and be released.
It’s not clear why or when the “Trap Queen” rapper was issued an ankle monitor, though he was indicted by a federal grand jury in October for his alleged role in a multi-million dollar, cross-country drug running enterprise.
Reports: Fetty Wap Arrested
Citing unnamed law enforcement sources, TMZ reported that the rapper was arrested in Newark on an outstanding warrant for a public nuisance charge on Friday. More details on that charge were not immediately available.
The outlet also published photos of Fetty in handcuffs and wearing a ski mask after police took him into custody.
Representatives for the chart-topping artist did not respond to TMZ’s request for comment. His attorney Navarro Gray does not appear to have made a public statement on the artist’s behalf, though he has posted on social media since the arrest.
Artist Already Facing Charges
Friday’s incident came only two months after Fetty Wap was arrested on federal drug trafficking charges. He was set to perform at the Rolling Loud music festival at New York’s CitiField when FBI agents descended on the venue and took him into custody.
In the indictment, prosecutors alleged that the rapper and five other men ran a nationwide, multimillion dollar criminal operation running more than 100 kilograms of “cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and crack cocaine” from West Coast states to distribution networks in Long Island and Fetty’s native New Jersey. Federal law enforcement believed the artist and his alleged co-conspirators planned to sell drugs at the festival before they arrested, according to one report.
Authorities said that the rapper was a “kilo-level redistributor” in a “pipeline of drugs,” allegedly selling the narcotics once they were smuggled to the east coast.
In executing search warrants during the investigation, authorities said they uncovered “approximately $1.5 million in cash, 16 kilograms of cocaine, 2 kilograms of heroin, numerous fentanyl pills, two 9 mm handguns, a rifle, a .45-caliber pistol, a .40- caliber pistol, and ammunition” from Fetty and his alleged business partners.
At the time, his lawyer Navarro Gray said he hoped it was “all a big misunderstanding,” and that he expected Fetty to be released after his arraignment, which did not happen.
A Year of Setbacks for Rapper
Friday’s arrest in Newark caps off a string of legal perils and personal hardships for Fetty Wap.
Before being named in a federal indictment in the fall, the artist’s 4-year- old daughter died in unclear circumstances in August. In 2020, his brother was shot and killed in their hometown of Patterson, New Jersey.
Now, the rapper is dealing with one count of public nuisance, while also facing a maximum sentence of life behind bars if convicted on the drug charges.