Alleged Dealer Responsible for Michael K. Williams’ Drug Overdose Enters Plea
The opioid pusher in Michael K Williams‘ drug overdose case has finally entered a plea — was it not guilty or guilty?
In federal court on Wednesday (April 5), the New York-based drug dealer accused in the overdose death of The Wire actor Michael K. Williams entered a guilty plea and now faces at least five years in prison, according to the prosecution.
One of four suspects accused in connection with the killing of Williams, who portrayed Omar Little in the popular HBO series, in 2021 is Irvin Cartagena, a 39-year-old Brooklyn resident. Investigators reported that Williams died after ingesting heroin that contained fentanyl.
According to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office for Southern New York, Cartagena entered a guilty plea on Wednesday to conspiring to distribute heroin, fentanyl, and fentanyl analogue.
Williams allegedly engaged in the hand-to-hand transaction with Cartagena on September 5, 2021, the day before he was discovered dead.
Alleged Dealer Responsible for Michael K Williams’ Drug Overdose Enters Plea
In a release, the U.S. attorney’s office remarked, “Williams died as a result of using that fentanyl-laced heroin.”
An inquiry for comment on Wednesday night was not immediately answered by a Cartagena lawyer.
Thee prosecution revealed that Cartagena admitted to a drug conspiracy but not to delivering the drugs that killed Williams, which is a statutory violation.
The U.S. attorney’s office estimates that Cartagena will spend a minimum of five years and a maximum of 40 years in prison after being sentenced. According to court documents, the sentencing date is August 18.
Williams was found dead by police when they arrived at his Brooklyn apartment at 2:00 PM on September 6. The medical examiner noted that he overdosed accidentally.
Court records documented that Carlos Macci, one of the other three accused, pled guilty to a drug conspiracy on Tuesday. July 20 has been set aside for sentencing. Currently, the proceedings against the two other males are still ongoing.
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