The opening day of Rolling Loud NYC was severely disrupted when "Trap Queen" rapper Fetty Wap was arrested at the festival moments before he was set to hit the stage.
The 30-year-old is being accused of helping to run a multimillion-dollar drug ring that trafficked across Long Island and Fetty's home state of New Jersey.
Fetty – real name Willie Junior Maxwell II – and five others were charged with conspiring to distribute and possess controlled substances, including over 100 kilograms of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and crack. He's facing a minimum sentence of 10 years, and a maximum of life in prison.
Fetty pleaded not guilty.
"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," Michael J. Driscoll, an assistant director-in-charge in the FBI, said.
"We pray that this is all a big misunderstanding," Fetty's lawyer, Navarro W. Gray, said in a statement. He added that he hoped Mr. Maxwell would be released soon "so we can clear things up as soon as possible," per reporting from The New York Times.
The FBI reportedly obtained $1.5 million in cash, 16 kilograms of cocaine, two kilograms of heroin, fentanyl pills, pistols, handguns and a rifle throughout a yearlong investigation.
"The magnitude of this operation was enormous," Timothy D. Sini, the district attorney for Suffolk County, said in a statement.
Just a few months ago, Fetty lost his 4-year-old daughter, Lauren Maxwell, due to heart defect complications. He got emotional during an IG Live session as fans shared their love and support in the form of butterfly emojis.
Unfortunately, police using Rolling Loud as a boobytrap of sorts isn't a new phenomenon. Back in May 2019, Kodak Black was arrested for weapons charges while reportedly traveling to the festival in Miami. (The charges were later dismissed.)
This past weekend, Kodak brought out Lil Yachty and French Montana during his set. "Rolling Loud New York .. Turnt Up Good #BackInMyBag," he captioned the above recap clip.