He received the sentencing for federal drug charges in connection with an arrest from 2021, after having participated in an alleged trafficking ring across the U.S.
A few days before his sentencing was finalized, his lawyers pushed for a minimum five-year stint, saying that Fetty was involved because of the financial strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Suddenly it felt like life was going in reverse and he became ashamed when he began to struggle to keep up the lifestyle that he created for so many,” his lawyers said. “His judgment became impaired. Desperate to keep up with his financial obligations, Mr. Maxwell became involved in the instant offense for a few months in the spring of 2020.”
Fetty was first arrested in October 2021 over allegations that he obtained more than 100 kilograms of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and crack cocaine between June 2019 and June 2020. He was accused of transporting the drugs from the West Coast for distribution in Long Island and New Jersey. He pleaded guilty in federal court in August 2022 to conspiracy to possess and distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. At the time, he was looking at an estimated 87 to 108 months with the plea.