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Thursday, February 3, 2022

New York, NY: 4 Men Arrested In Connection With Overdose Death Of Actor Michael K. Williams

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

Members of a drug organization sold heroin to the “Wire" star in September that “was laced with fentanyl and a fentanyl analogue,” a federal complaint said.

Four men were charged with a narcotics conspiracy connected to the overdose death of "The Wire" actor Michael K. Williams, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.

Irvin Cartagena, Carlos Macci, Luis Cruz and Hector Robles are accused of operating a drug trafficking organization, from which Williams bought laced drugs, according to documents filed by the U.S. attorney for Southern New York and unsealed Tuesday.

Members of the drug organization sold heroin to Williams in September that “was laced with fentanyl and a fentanyl analogue,” the complaint said, adding that “Williams died as a result of using that fentanyl-laced heroin.”

Williams, 54, was found dead at his apartment in Brooklyn, New York, in September. The New York City medical examiner’s office confirmed his cause of death to be an accidental overdose that included the synthetic opioids fentanyl and p-fluorofentanyl.

Authorities found surveillance video of the alleged sale on Sept. 5, with Williams wearing the same clothes he was found in the next day. Confidential informants were used to help New York police detectives identify those involved in the sale, according to the complaints.

Undercover police officers then made an estimated 14 sales from the suspected drug trafficking organization, which were recorded on video, the complaint said.

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 were expected to appear in federal court for an initial appearance Wednesday.

They face a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and could be sentenced to a maximum of 40 years if they are convicted.

Cartagena was arrested in Puerto Rico on a charge of narcotics conspiracy causing Williams' death. He is expected to appear in court Thursday. The charge comes with a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison and a maximum life sentence.

Attorney information was not immediately available for any of the four men.

Williams was perhaps most known for his role as Omar Little on “The Wire,” which ran for five seasons on HBO. He was also praised for his work as Albert “Chalky” White in “Boardwalk Empire,” and he would go on to earn an Emmy nomination for his performance as Montrose Freeman in “Lovecraft Country," both series also from HBO.

He also had roles in movies such as “Bringing Out the Dead,” “The Road,” “Gone Baby Gone,” “Life During Wartime,” “I Think I Love My Wife” and “Wonderful World.”

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  1. Is there a "home" method to detect the presence of fentanyl in a batch of cocaine?

    1. I heard you cut cocaine lines with your EBT card

    2. Home method? Just get a fent testing strip and let that do the rest.

    3. @12:26 No, Grey Goose is my drug of choice these days. Now shut the fuck up while I prepare these EBT lobster tails for dinner. Living the high life off your tax dollars, sucker.

    4. Grey Goose huh? Damn it playboy. I’ve had some mighty good times with the goose. Lol.

    5. 247 James Brown how you do it, they say in here, you got renting a 1 bedroom for $130.00 a month, what's your secret.

    6. @4:11 Fleecing punks like RamBlow is my secret. On the real, it's doable. Your mileage may vary though.

    7. 4:11
      I'm letting the worms out of the can, it's called Section 8.
      Government help.

  2. Im surprised they are not blaming his death on law enforcement. Like they did with the other Fentanyl lover.

    1. Probably illegal immigrants such as your self who sold this poison to American citizens

    2. Lol...if the dealers were black you would have said they were BLM members but they are members of your family so you ignore it

    3. 1:35 It was in the news, 4 suspects, Puerto Rican had went to hide in Puerto Rico, and the long arm of the law got them. I am sorry to say not immigrants as your quick with the race card.

    4. 1:35 Jealous that some illiterate Latin person can outsmart the negro ethnic group (I don't see Hispanics destroying their own communities and ruining the life's of businesses and homeowners to "show the man" your complex and rich culture that Caucasians stole from you?

    5. You would see Hispanics destroying their own communities but you close your eyes to it

  3. The result of hundreds of thousands who do not know what is in their drug of choice. Along with the need regardless of what narcotics can do.
    Despite FREE WILL consequences are still a liability. Unfortunately, tobacco,alcohol and opoiods are easily available to continue to kill.


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