The drug dealer charged in the overdose death of actor Michael K. Williams pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday.

Irvin Cartagena, 39, was one of four men charged with selling fentanyl-laced heroin to Williams. Prosecutors claim Cartagena was the dealer who performed the “hand-to-hand transaction” with Williams before the actor died.


Williams was found dead in his New York City apartment in September 2021. Police also discovered a glassine bag that, according to lab testing, contained heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, lidocaine and caffeine.


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The city Medical Examiner’s Officer ruled the death as an accidental overdose. Williams was 54.

Cartagena faces a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of 40 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for August 18.

According to New York police, Cartagena was a member of a Brooklyn-based drug trafficking organization that sold fentanyl-laced heroin.

Carlos Macci, one of Cartagena’s codefendants, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute narcotics earlier this week. The other two men charged, Hector Robles and Luis Cruz, pleaded not guilty.

Williams was best known for his role as Omar Little on HBO’s The Wire, a television series that took place in the crime world of Baltimore.

The actor later appeared in Boardwalk Empire, The Night Of and Lovecraft Country. He was nominated for an Emmy Award five times.

Williams was also open about his personal struggles with drug addiction.

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