Irvin Cartagena, the primary drug dealer to the late actor Michael K. Williams, was arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison. In court, Cartagena expressed remorse for his actions but acknowledged that he knew the drugs were laced while Williams did not.
The Fentanyl-Laced Heroin
On Aug. 18, late actor Michael K. Williams’ former drug dealer was arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison. According to reports, Cartagena allegedly sold fentanyl-laced heroin to Williams shortly before the actor’s death.
Williams, best known for his role as Omar Little in The Wire, met Cartagena and his crew in front of the Brooklyn apartment building, where Cartagena handed over the drugs. Williams returned to his nearby apartment and was found dead the following day.
The medical examiner ruled his death as an accidental overdose, highlighting the lethal consequences of the drugs that Cartagena supplied.
A Remorseful Confession
During Cartagena’s court appearance, he appeared in a khaki jumpsuit with his legs shackled and his arms chained. Speaking through a Spanish interpreter, Cartagena expressed remorse for his role in selling the drugs that resulted in Williams’ death. He stated:
“I am very sorry for my actions. When we sold the drugs, we never intended for anyone to lose their life.”
However, Judge Ronnie Abrams made it clear that the harm caused by drug sales was “very clear and very tragic” in Williams’ case.
Co-Defendants and Sentencing
Carlos Macci, one of Cartagena’s co-defendants, has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for his involvement in the drug trafficking operation. The remaining co-defendants are still awaiting their sentencing, further highlighting their illegal activities’ widespread impact and consequences.
The news of actor Michael K. Williams’ death shook the hip-hop community, with prominent rappers such as 50 Cent, Fat Joe, Rick Ross, and Fabolous paying tribute to him on their social media accounts. Williams’ passing highlighted the devastating effects of drug overdose and the need for awareness and support in combating addiction.
Gangsta Boo’s Autopsy Revealed
One other entertainer who suffered a tragic death due to a drug overdose is former Three 6 Mafia rapper Gangsta Boo. An autopsy revealed that her cause of death was a combination of fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol.