Four people arrested in connection to ‘The Wire’ actor Michael K. Williams’ death

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Four individuals have been arrested in connection to last year’s drug overdose death of The Wire actor Michael K. Williams, Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

One person of the four was charged specifically for selling to William the fentanyl-laced heroin that allegedly killed the actor.

The 54-year-old Boardwalk Empire star was found dead by family members in his Brooklyn apartment on Sept. 6, 2021. Later that month, the medical examiner’s office determined the cause was an overdose.

Irvin Cartagena was the man alleged by Manhattan federal prosecutors caught on a security camera selling Williams the drugs, NBC New York reported.

Cartegena was arrested in Puerto Rico Tuesday, while the three other alleged co-conspirators — Hector Robles, Luis Cruz, and Carlos Macci — were arrested in New York Tuesday.

All four men could land up to 40 years in prison for the conspiracy charges they face. Cartagena could receive 20 more years on top of that from the additional charges he faces connected to Williams’ death.

“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. They just feed addiction and lead to tragedy,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Damian Williams in a statement.

Williams is the host of ongoing Vice TV docuseries Black Market, which takes a look at the dangerous world of illicit trade. The latest episode is slated to air Monday from its second season, which was still being filmed when the actor passed away. The producers of the show were able to complete the second season by bringing in the beloved actor’s friends to narrate for certain portions and one of the star’s final conversations, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Danny Peterson

Danny Peterson

Danny Peterson covers entertainment news for WGTC and has previously enjoyed writing about housing, homelessness, the coronavirus pandemic, historic 2020 Oregon wildfires, and racial justice protests. Originally from Juneau, Alaska, Danny received his Bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Alaska Southeast and a Master's in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Oregon. He has written for The Portland Observer, worked as a digital enterprise reporter at KOIN 6 News, and is the co-producer of the award-winning documentary 'Escape from Eagle Creek.'