Michael K. Williams, who played Omar Little on HBO’s drama series The Wire, was a phenomenal performer. Fans learned of Williams’ death on September 6, 2021. Four people have now been accused of the death of actor Michael K. Williams due to an overdose.
Four men have been charged with being members of a drug distribution crew that delivered a lethal mix of drugs to Michael K. Williams. The famed actor from “The Wire” who died of an overdose just hours after purchasing fentanyl-laced heroin in a sidewalk trade caught on surveillance tape.
All four were detained on Tuesday and charged with supplying fentanyl-laced heroin similar to the type that killed Williams. Williams rose to popularity as Omar Little on the HBO series Omar Little, which depicted drug gangs similar to the one the four defendants are accused of belonging to.
Three of the defendants, who are accused of being members of the team that sold to Williams, appeared in federal court in Manhattan on Wednesday. Irvin Cartagena, the crew member accused of giving the pills to Williams, was charged with causing his death and arrested in Puerto Rico, according to officials.
U.S. Attorney Damian Williams and New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell issued a joint statement announcing the arrests. The offenses and allegations, according to the US attorney, stemmed from 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.”
Sewell gave his statements to police 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.”
Williams, 54, died of acute drug intoxication on Sept. 6, 2021, according to the medical examiner in New York City. According to court documents, Williams died as a result of drugs sold by a drug trafficking group known as DTO, which has been operating in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg district since at least August 2020.
According to police, members of the organization sold the actor heroin laced with fentanyl on Sept. 5, 2021, with Cartagena handing the drugs to Williams in a transaction captured on neighboring security footage, screen pictures of which were released by authorities.
Hector Robles, Luis Cruz, and Carlos Macci, all of Brooklyn, were charged as well. Their lawyers did not respond to emails seeking comment right away. It was unclear whether the males in the CCTV video were the same ones. At their first court hearings, all three were ordered imprisoned.
All four face a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in jail and a maximum term of 40 years if convicted of conspiracy charges. Cartagena faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison if he is found guilty of causing the actor’s death.
So the accused are arrested. Now fans have to wait for the decree of the court. For further updates stay tuned to Thirsty.
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