The US prosecutor in New York City said on Wednesday that four individuals have been detained and charged in the overdose murder of actor Michael K. Williams, who was best known for playing a shotgun-toting heroin dealer in HBO’s crime thriller The Wire.
Williams, 54, was discovered dead in his New York residence on September 7th, according to authorities.
Irvin Cartagena, one of the men, was arrested in Puerto Rico and charged with a narcotics conspiracy in a criminal complaint unsealed on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court, accusing him of distributing fentanyl-laced heroin, according to Damian Williams, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York.
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Under another criminal complaint unsealed on Wednesday, Hector Robles, Luis Cruz and Carlos Macci were charged as alleged participants in the fentanyl and heroin conspiracy. The three men, all from the New York City borough of Brooklyn, were arrested on Tuesday, authorities said.
“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,” Williams said.
New York City’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner concluded that Williams died of “acute intoxication” by the combined effects of drugs including the powerful painkiller fentanyl, heroin and cocaine.
Other television roles that won Williams praise included characters he portrayed in Boardwalk Empire, Bessie and Lovecraft Country.