Authorities have announced that four men have been charged in connection to the death of Michael K. Williams. According to a press briefing issued by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, the four men were allegedly apart of drug trafficking crew in Brooklyn that sold a deadly dose of heroin in early September.
“Michael K. Williams, a prominent actor and producer, tragically overdosed in his New York City apartment from fentanyl-laced heroin. Today, along with our law enforcement partners at the NYPD, we announce the arrests of members of a drug crew, including Irvin Cartagena, the man who we allege sold the deadly dose of drugs to Michael K. Williams,” U.S. Attorney Damian Williams 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. They just feed addiction and lead to tragedy.”
Despite learning of Williams’ overdose death last year, U.S. Attorney Damian Williams’ report alleges that the crew continued to sell drugs in the area. As a result, local authorities claim they were able to capture photographs of the defendants selling “fentanyl-laced heroin, in broad daylight, amidst residential apartment buildings, in Brooklyn and Manhattan.”
All four men involved in today’s report have reportedly been arrested, three in New York and one in Puerto Rico. They are expected to appear in a Manhattan court this week.