Four Charged in Overdose Death of Michael K. Williams

Four men have been charged in the overdose death of the beloved actor who was found dead on Sept. 6
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Four men have been charged in the overdose death of actor Michael K. Williams, authorities announced Wednesday.

The men were a part a drug trafficking crew that operated in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn and sold the deadly dose of fentanyl-laced heroin to Williams on Sept. 5 in a hand-to-hand transaction that was captured on surveillance video, the New York Times reports.

All four were arrested Tuesday and were in custody based on criminal complaints in Manhattan federal court, including one defendant who was arrested in Puerto Rico, according to a news release from U.S. Atty. Damian Williams and New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell.

“This is a public health crisis,” the U.S. attorney said. “And it has to stop. Deadly opioids like fentanyl and heroin don’t care about who are you or what you’ve accomplished.”

Williams, who is best known for his role as Omar Little on HBO’s The Wire, was found dead by family members in his Brooklyn penthouse apartment on Sept. 6. The medical examiner ruled that his death was caused by “acute intoxication by the combined effects of fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine.”

The four defendants, all of Brooklyn, included Irvin Cartagena, 39; Hector Robles, 57; Luis Cruz, 56; and Carlos Macci, 70.

Despite knowing that Williams died after buying their product, the men continued to sell fentanyl-laced heroin in broad daylight amid residential apartment buildings in Brooklyn and Manhattan, according to a criminal complaint.

Sewell, the police commissioner, said detectives in Brooklyn “lived this case, never relenting in their investigation until they could bring a measure of justice to Michael K. Williams and his family.”


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