Four men have been arrested in connection with the death of actor Michael K. Williams.
According to the New York City Medical Examiner’s office, Williams passed away from a drug overdose in September 2021. The four men, Irvin Cartagena, 39, Hector Robles, 57, Luis Cruz, 56, and Carlos Macci, 70, were arrested Tuesday for their alleged involvement in a drug-trafficking organization and were charged with “conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl analog, fentanyl, and heroin,” according to court filings.
Authorities identified a drug trafficking organization that had been operating in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn since August 2020. Cartagena has been identified as the individual who personally served Williams the heroin laced with fentanyl, that would subsequently lead to the actor’s overdose in his New York City apartment.
Prosecutors allege that the deal between Cartagena and Williams was caught on video. The four men allegedly continued selling fentanyl-laced heroin in Manhattan and Brooklyn even after learning of Williams’ death. The charges against all four men carry a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 40 years.
“Deadly opioids like fentanyl and heroin don’t care about who you are or what you’ve accomplished,” said US Attorney Damian Williams. “They just feed addiction and lead to tragedy. We will bring every tool to bear. And we will continue to hold accountable the dealers who push this poison, exploit addiction, and cause senseless death.”
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