Arrests made in overdose death of Wire actor Michael K. Williams
NEW YORK (KLKN) – Four men have been charged in the death of actor Michael K. Williams due to overdose.
Williams is best known for his role as Omar Little on ‘The Wire,’ which can be streamed on Hulu.
U.S. Attorney Damian Williams and New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewall said the four were charged in a criminal complaint that was unsealed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court.
The complaint alleged their involvement in the distribution of the fentanyl-laced heroin that killed Williams.
New York City’s medical examiner previously ruled that Williams’, 54, died of acute drug intoxication on accident. He was found dead by family members in his penthouse apartment.
Irvin Cartagena, one of the men charged, is alleged to have sold the deadly dose of drugs to Williams.
Hector Robles, Luis Cruz, and Carlos Macci were arrested as “members of the fentanyl and heroin conspiracy,” according to a press release from the Southern District of New York (SDNY).
According to a press release from SDNY, Cartagena, 39; Robles, 57; Cruz, 56; and Macci, 70 are each charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl analogue, fentanyl, and heroin.
They face a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.
The SDNY said Cartagena is also charged with causing the death of Williams in connection with the narcotics conspiracy, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison.
According to the SDNY press release, the men were arrested Tuesday. Robles, Cruz, and Macci will be presented Wednesday in Manhattan federal court before United States Magistrate Judge Stewart D. Aaron.
Cartagena is expected to be presented Thursday in federal court in Puerto Rico.