According to court records, the drug dealer who was accused of selling a fatal dose of heroin containing fentanyl to actor Michael K. Williams has pleaded guilty on Wednesday.
Williams, who starred in popular TV series such as “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire,” died from a drug overdose on September 6, 2021, in his Williamsburg penthouse apartment after consuming the tainted heroin.
On the day before Michael K. Williams’ death, a surveillance camera captured Irving Cartagena, also known as “Green Eyes,” engaging in a hand-to-hand sale near South 3rd St., just around the corner from the actor’s Williamsburg apartment. This transaction was reminiscent of scenes from the HBO show that brought Williams to fame.
“Williams died as a result of using that fentanyl-laced heroin,” according to an affidavit from NYPD Det. Mark Gurleski. “Despite knowing that Williams died after buying the [drug trafficking organization]’s product, [Cartagena] has continued to sell fentanyl-laced heroin, in broad daylight, amidst residential apartment buildings.”
Cartagena is set to be sentenced in August and could face up to 40 years in prison. Sources reported that police found a glassine envelope with drugs in Williams’ Williamsburg apartment.
Williams, who openly talked about his drug addiction struggles before and during his time on “The Wire”, died at the age of 54 from a drug overdose in September 2021.
The day before his death, Cartagena was captured on surveillance footage conducting a hand-to-hand sale near South 3rd St., just around the corner from Williams’ apartment.