The suspects in Michael K. Williams’ fatal overdose have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The accused in the death of Michael K. Williams have pled not guilty to selling fentanyl-laced heroin to the actor, according to the New York Post.
Irving Cartagena, Hector Robles, Luis Cruz, and Carlos Macci appeared in federal court in Manhattan on Wednesday morning for a brief hearing. “All of the suspects charged with a narcotics conspiracy that resulted in death will be held in custody pending trial.” Judge Ronnie Abrams said they’ll be back in court on June 10 for a hearing,” according to the New York Post.
Prosecutors also recorded Williams purchasing drugs from the accused dealers.
The males are suspected of being part of a drug ring, as previously reported.
The arrests were the result of a “public health crisis,” according to US Attorney Damian Williams. “And it needs to come to an end,” he added. Fentanyl and heroin are deadly opiates that don’t care who you are or what you’ve accomplished. They only serve to foster addiction and result in disaster.”
According to reports, the substances that caused the actor’s accidental overdose were sold by a drug trafficking operation in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg district, which is thought to have originated in August of 2020.
It’s also claimed that those charged continued to sell drugs despite the fact that Williams died as a result of the stuff they sold him.