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Dealer who sold fatal dose of heroine to Michael K. Williams gets 10 years in prison

 August 22, 2023

A drug dealer was just sentenced to 10 years for selling the fatal dose that took actor Michael K. Williams' life.

In a recent development, the man responsible for selling fentanyl-laced heroin that led to the tragic death of Williams learned that he will now face a decade behind bars, as Daily Wire reported.

Details about the convicted dealer

The dealer, identified as Irvin “Green Eyes” Cartagena, hails from Puerto Rico.

He was handed down the sentence, which also includes five years of supervised release, for his involvement in conspiring to distribute heroin, fentanyl, and fentanyl analogue.

This information was confirmed by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Cartagena, now 40 years old, was found guilty of distributing the fentanyl-laced heroin that caused Williams' fatal overdose.

Surveillance footage played a crucial role in the conviction, as it depicted him providing drugs to the actor just a day before Williams was found lifeless.

Others involved in the case

It's worth noting that Cartagena wasn't the only individual implicated in this case. He was among four men who faced charges of conspiring to distribute fentanyl, heroin, and other narcotics.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams expressed his concerns, stating:

Michael K. Williams tragically lost his life after using the drugs sold to him by Cartagena. Even after such a tragic event, Cartagena and his associates continued their illicit trade, selling potentially lethal fentanyl-laced heroin.

Response from the authorities

The U.S. Attorney's office is determined to combat the menace of drug trafficking, especially given the rising fentanyl epidemic.  Williams said:

This office will tenaciously continue our enforcement efforts against unscrupulous drug dealers who distribute poison and exacerbate the scourge of the fentanyl epidemic.

After the unfortunate demise of Williams, Cartagena fled to Puerto Rico. However, he was tracked down and arrested in February 2022.

Michael K. Williams' tragic end

Michael K. Williams, a celebrated actor best known for his role in The Wire, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment in September of 2021.

The cause of death was determined to be “acute intoxication by the combined effects of fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine.”

The dangers of fentanyl-laced drugs are becoming increasingly evident.

The New York City’s Department of Health highlighted the severity of the issue, noting that fentanyl was detected in a staggering 80% of drug overdose deaths in the city in 2021.

This marks the fifth consecutive year where fentanyl has been the most common substance linked to overdose fatalities.

Williams, speaking on the matter in February of 2022, declared:

This is a public health crisis. And it has to stop.

He further emphasized the indiscriminate nature of deadly opioids like fentanyl and heroin, stating:

Deadly opioids like fentanyl and heroin don’t care about who you are or what you’ve accomplished. They just feed addiction and lead to tragedy. The Southern District of New York and our law enforcement partners will not give up.


  • A dealer named Irvin “Green Eyes” Cartagena was sentenced to 10 years for selling the fentanyl-laced heroin that led to actor Michael K. Williams' death.
  • Cartagena was among four men charged with drug distribution.
  • Michael K. Williams was found dead in his apartment in September 2021 due to a drug overdose.
  • Fentanyl was detected in 80% of drug overdose deaths in NYC in 2021.
  • The U.S. Attorney's office is determined to combat the rising fentanyl epidemic.