Fetty Wap's attorneys are seeking a lesser sentence for his drug trafficking case dating back to his arrest in 2021. The 31-year-old's legal team claims that his "financial difficulties" led him to join the multi-million dollar drug trade.
According to Billboard, the COVID-19 epidemic ruined his ability to travel and hampered any tour income he was able to generate.
"What makes Mr. Maxwell's case unique is his motivation," they said. "Personal gain was not his motive." He was motivated by his commitment to financially assist others. He now realizes that he does not have to bear the world's weight on his shoulders."
"Suddenly life seemed to be going in reverse," said the two organizations, who said he became ashamed when he began to struggle to maintain the lifestyle that he had created for so many people. "He became frustrated because he couldn't keep up with his financial obligations," said the others.
Fetty Wap's legal team claims that he "realizes the terrible mistake he made" and that he "sincerely apologizes for the loss and distress he has caused." Due to the particular circumstances of the case and the level of accountability he has demonstrated, the court may reduce his sentence to five years in prison.
Fetty was accused of transporting over 100 kilograms of opioids, crack, and cocaine from the West Coast to be sold throughout Long Island in October 2021.