Four people have been arrested in connection to the overdose death of The Wire star Michael K. Williams.
The suspects, Hector Robles, Luis Cruz, Carlos Macci, and Irvin Cartagena, were each charged with narcotics conspiracy for distributing fentanyl-laced heroin that led to Williams’ overdose death last year federal prosecutors in Manhattan said per the New York Post.
The Federal agents on the case per the outlet state, “the suspects were members of a drug crew that operated on the south side of Williamsburg and sold cocaine that was laced with deadly fentanyl. Surveillance footage obtained by investigators shows Cartagena allegedly completing a hand-to-hand drug sale with Williams the day before he was found dead in his Williamsburg apartment. The four men continued to sell the deadly drugs at residential buildings in Brooklyn and Manhattan — even after learning their stash allegedly killed Williams.”
Cartagena was arrested in Puerto Rico on Tuesday (Feb. 1) and is expected to make a court appearance Thursday in federal court there. Robles, Cruz, and Macci were arrested Tuesday and are expected to appear in Manhattan federal court Wednesday (Feb. 2) afternoon.
As we previously reported, Williams was found dead in his Brooklyn home, and his death was later ruled an accidental overdose.
U.S. Attorney Damian Williams responded to the arrests saying, “This is a public health crisis. And it has to stop. Deadly opioids like fentanyl and heroin don’t care about who you are or what you’ve accomplished. They just feed addiction and lead to tragedy.”
Williams was a five-time Emmy nominee and is survived by his son Elijah.