Michael K. Williams’ Drug Dealer, Who Sold Him The Fentanyl Laced Substance Leading To His Death, Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison

Michael K. Williams, Irvin Cartagena

Michael K. Williams’ Drug Dealer, Who Sold Him The Fentanyl Laced Substance Leading To His Death, Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison

One of the individuals charged with the death of actor Michael K. Williams was recently sentenced by a court judge.

According to reports, 40-year-old Irvin Cartenga was given 10 years behind bars for his role in the entertainer’s tragic overdose.

Michael K. Williams

Reportedly, the New York city dealer was given the verdict by U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams this past Friday, August 18th. Irvin Cartagena was one of four individuals arrested and convicted of selling the fentanyl laced heroin that caused Michael K. Williams’ death back in 2021. If you recall, “The Wire” star was found unresponsive in his Brooklyn apartment by medics at the time, just hours after a nearby camera recorded Cartagena handing the actor the lethal drugs.

Michael K. Williams, Irvin Cartagena

Even more, prosectors argued that Cartagena and the other guilty parties were aware the drugs they were peddling had caused another death prior to Williams. Still, they continued to push them on the streets. Despite facing up to 40 years, it seems positive testimonies from community members and Cartagena’s remorseful statement inspired the judge to give a little over the minimum of 5 years. Reportedly, the dealer stated prior to receiving his sentence:

“I am very sorry for my actions…When we sold the drugs, we never intended for anyone to lose their life.”

Additionally, the judge reportedly considered community members accounts that Cartagena was “helpful” and “hard-working” when not using drugs himself. Abrams reportedly added during the sentencing:

“I’m hopeful that with treatment… it will help you move forward on a more productive and law-abiding path,”

While prosectors reportedly requested that Cartagena get a minimum of 12 years, and the court’s Probation Department recommending a 20-year term, citing the dealers 14 prior convictions for drug-related crimes, judge Abrams reportedly felt the request was too much. She reportedly stated during the sentence hearing:

“This sentence, while severe, is sufficient but not greater than necessary,”

As we reported back in July, the 71-year-old dealer who also plead guilty for his role in the drug operation received letters of leniency on behalf of Williams‘ loved ones. The actor’s nephew as well as “The Wire” creator asked the judge to give the dealer, named Carlos Macci, a second chance as they believe that’s what Williams would’ve wanted. For years, the “Lovecraft Country” star advocated for victims of drug abuse, and often spoke against the predatory jail system as well as his on struggle with addiction.

Macci was subsequently sentenced to only two years in prison.


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Authored by: Kay Johnson