U.S. Attorney Damian Williams of the Southern District of New York said in a statement today: “Michael K. Williams, a prominent actor and producer, tragically overdosed in his New York City apartment from fentanyl-laced heroin. Today, along with our law enforcement partners at the NYPD, we announce the arrests of members of a drug crew, including Irvin Cartagena, the man who we allege sold the deadly dose of drugs to Michael K. Williams."
"This is a public health crisis. And it has to stop. Deadly opioids like fentanyl and heroin don’t care about who you are or what you’ve accomplished," the statement continued. "They just feed addiction and lead to tragedy."
"The Southern District of New York and our law enforcement partners will not give up," Williams added. "We will bring every tool to bear. And we will continue to hold accountable the dealers who push this poison, exploit addiction, and cause senseless death."
As OK! previously reported, the beloved actor known for his stellar performance in The Wire was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment on Monday, September 6. His body was discovered by his nephew.
"It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams," a rep told People shortly after his passing. "They ask for your privacy while grieving this unsurmountable loss."
At the time, law enforcement reported that the actor “was discovered deceased in an apartment located at 440 Kent Avenue today around 1400 hours. It’s an ongoing investigation and the medical examiner will determine the cause of death.”
Drug paraphernalia was also found in the apartment, and it was later confirmed by a medical examiner that Williams — who has previously been candid about his struggles with drug addiction — had tragically passed of “acute intoxication by the combined effects of fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine.”