A New York City drug dealer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of selling fentanyl-laced heroin to actor Michael K. Williams, resulting in the actor’s tragic death in September 2021, People News reported.
Who is the New York City Drug Dealer?
New York City drug dealer Irvin Cartagena, also known as “Green Eyes,” received an additional five-year sentence of supervised release for his role in conspiring to distribute heroin, fentanyl, and fentanyl analog, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. The case sheds light on the grave consequences of drug trafficking and the lethal impact of fentanyl-laced substances.
U.S. Attorney Damian Williams emphasized that New York City drug dealer Cartagena’s actions had fatal consequences and highlighted the dangers of selling drugs laced with lethal substances. Williams stated that despite the previous loss of life due to their product, New York City drug dealer Cartagena and his associates continued to distribute dangerous drugs. The U.S. Attorney’s Office affirmed its commitment to tackling drug dealers contributing to the fentanyl epidemic.
New York City drug dealer Cartagena, who expressed remorse for his actions, conveyed his deep regret during the court proceedings. He admitted to selling the drugs that resulted in Williams’ death and acknowledged that their intention was never to cause harm. U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams acknowledged Cartagena’s remorse and encouraged him to seek treatment to lead a more productive and law-abiding life.
New York City Drug Dealer Was Part of Drug-Trafficking Organization
New York City drug dealer Cartagena was part of a drug-trafficking organization that sold the fentanyl-laced heroin to Williams. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in April and was subsequently arrested in February 2022 in Puerto Rico after fleeing following Williams’ death.
In the wake of Williams’ passing, several individuals involved in the conspiracy have been charged and sentenced. Carlos Macci, another co-conspirator, was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison, with an additional three years of supervised release, including a year in an inpatient drug treatment facility. The remaining co-conspirators, Hector Robles and Luis Cruz, are scheduled to be sentenced later this year.
Michael K. Williams, renowned for his roles in “The Wire,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and “Lovecraft Country,” struggled openly with addiction throughout his career. He was vocal about his challenges and the impact of addiction on his life. Williams’ death serves as a stark reminder of the devastating consequences of the opioid epidemic and the urgency of addressing its root causes.