Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that four persons have been detained in connection with actor Michael K. Williams’ death from a narcotics overdose last year.
One of the four is accused of selling the fentanyl-laced heroin that murdered Williams, best known for his portrayal of Omar Little in “The Wire.”
Williams, 54, was discovered dead on September 6 in his Brooklyn apartment. He died of an overdose, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Irvin Cartagena, who was allegedly seen on a surveillance camera selling the cocaine to Williams, was detained in Puerto Rico on Tuesday, according to federal authorities in Manhattan. On Thursday, he will appear in court for the first time.
Hector Robles, Luis Cruz, and Carlos Macci, three suspected co-conspirators, were arrested in New York on Tuesday and made their initial court appearance on Wednesday. Prosecutors claimed the defendants continued to sell the contaminated heroin even after their renowned client died.
The four men are facing accusations of conspiracy, which could result in them serving up to 40 years in prison. Cartagena could face an additional 20 years in prison if he is found guilty of other counts related to Williams’ death.
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