Four men charged with drug conspiracy related to overdose death of “The Wire” actor Michael K. WilliamsThe Justice Department announced Wednesday.
Irvin Cartagena, Carlos Macci, Luis Cruz and Hector Robles are accused of operating a drug trafficking syndicate from which Williams purchased the drugs, according to documents filed by US Attorney for the Southern District of New York and sealed on Tuesday.
Members of the drug syndicate sold heroin to Williams in September, “impregnated with fentanyl and a fentanyl analogue. Williams died from taking that fentanyl-laced heroin,” the lawsuit says.
Williams, 54, was found dead at his apartment in Brooklyn, New York, in September. New York City Medical Examiner’s Office then confirmed his cause of death was an accidental overdose including the synthetic opioids fentanyl and p-fluorofentanyl.
Authorities found surveillance footage of the alleged sale on September 5, 2021, with Williams wearing the same clothing he was found the next day. Confidential informants were used to help New York Police Department detectives identify people involved in the sale, according to the complaint.
According to the lawsuit, NYPD undercover officers made an estimated 14 purchases from the suspected drug-trafficking organization, which was captured on video.
Cruz, Macci, and Robles were arrested in New York City and each charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl. They are scheduled to appear in federal court for their first appearance on Wednesday.
They face a mandatory minimum of five years in prison but a maximum sentence of 40 years.
Cartagena was arrested in Puerto Rico on charges of conspiring to use drugs that caused Williams’ death. He is expected to appear in court on Thursday.
Court fees come with a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison but a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Attorney information was not immediately available to any of the four men charged.
Williams is perhaps best known for his role as Omar Little on “The Wire,” which ran for five seasons on HBO. He also received critical acclaim for his role as Albert “Chalky” White on “Boardwalk Empire” and would go on to receive an Emmy Award nomination for his portrayal of Montrose Freeman in “Lovecraft County,” both series also on HBO.
He has also had roles in films such as “Bringing out of the corpses”, “The Road”, “Gone Baby Gone”, “Life While Wartime”, “I Think I Love My Wife” and “Wonderful World”. .
Tom Winter contribute.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/4-men-arrested-connection-overdose-death-michael-k-williams-rcna14637 4 men arrested in connection with death of actor Michael K. Williams of overdose