Michael K. Williams, famous for his work on “The Wire,” died of a drug overdose last September. Four people were arrested in connection with the drug overdose death of actor Michael K Williams, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
4 men arrested in connection with drug overdose death of actor Michael K. Williams
One of the four is accused of selling the heroin laced with fentanyl that allegedly killed Williams last year, famous for his role as Omar Little on “The Wire.”
Williams, 54, was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment on Sept.
6. Later that month, the medical examiner’s office confirmed he had died of an overdose.
Statement of U.S. Attorney Damian Williams on the arrests of four defendants in connection with the overdose death of Michael K. Williams pic.twitter.com/EtrtYTr7xF
— US Attorney SDNY (@SDNYnews) February 2, 2022
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan say Irvin Cartagena, who was allegedly caught on security camera selling the drugs to Williams, was arrested in Puerto Rico on Tuesday.
Three alleged co-conspirators, Hector Robles, Luis Cruz and Carlos Macci, were arrested in New York on Tuesday.
All four men face conspiracy charges that could lead to prison terms of up to 40 years. Cartagena faces additional charges related to Williams’ death that could see him serve an additional 20 years.
“This is a public health crisis. And it has to end. Life-taking opioids like fentanyl and heroin don’t care about who you are or what you’ve accomplished. They simply feed addiction and lead to tragedy,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Damian Williams told a community.