NYC dealer who sold heroin that killed ‘The Wire’ actor Michael K. Williams sentenced to 10 years in prison

The Brooklyn drug dealer who sold the fentanyl-spiked heroin that killed “The Wire” actor Michael K. Williams was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday.

According to prosecutors, Irvin Cartagena, 40, aka “Green Eyes,” was caught on security camera footage handing Williams the drugs the day before the star was found dead in his luxurious Williamsburg penthouse on Sept. 6, 2021.

“Michael K. Williams tragically died after using drugs sold to him by Cartagena. Although their product had already resulted in one fatality, Cartagena and his co-conspirators continued to sell potentially deadly fentanyl-laced heroin,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said in a statement.

Cartagena pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to distribute heroin, fentanyl and a fentanyl analogue — another form of synthetic opioids — US prosecutors said.

Manhattan federal judge Ronnie Abrams imposed the prison sentence and a five-year supervised release.

Michael K Williams.
The Wire actor Michael K. Williams died of a drug overdose in his luxury Brooklyn penthouse.
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Irvin Cartagena and his team of dealers sold drugs in Williamsburg.

Cartagena first fled to Puerto Rico, where he was arrested in February 2022.

He was among a group of four traffickers charged in Williams’ death who sold their illicit goods to customers on the streets of Williamsburg between August 2020 and February 2022.

All four men have pleaded guilty, including Carlos Macci, 71, who was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison in July.

Macci received the light sentence on July 25 after The Wire co-creator David Simon asked Manhattan federal judge Ronnie Abrams for clemency.

Earlier this month, Simon Abrams called for Macci to be spared because Williams has “greater responsibility” — while citing the actor’s opposition to mass incarceration and the failed War on Drugs.

The Emmy-nominated actor is best known for his portrayal of the mugged child Omar Little on the HBO series The Wire.


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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