Luis Cruz, a member of a New York City drug-dealing crew, has been sentenced to five years in prison in connection with the fentanyl-laced heroin death of actor Michael K. Williams. Williams, known for his role as Omar Little in HBO’s “The Wire,” died of an overdose in his Brooklyn penthouse apartment in September 2021, four hours after purchasing the heroin from a member of the crew.
Cruz, who pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of narcotics conspiracy in April, was sentenced by a federal judge in Manhattan. In a letter to the judge, Cruz, a former electrician, admitted to being addicted to drugs and selling them to support his habit and pay his bills. He expressed remorse and apologized for his actions.
Federal prosecutors revealed that Cruz and the drug crew continued selling the fentanyl-laced heroin even after Williams’ death. A search of Cruz’s apartment uncovered over 500 small bags of the deadly heroin and drug paraphernalia.
Earlier in August, another member of the crew, Irvin Cartagena, who sold the drugs to Williams, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. A third crew member received over two years in prison, while the fourth person is awaiting sentencing.
The death of Michael K. Williams, a talented actor known for his work on “The Wire” and other TV series and films, has shed light on the dangers of fentanyl-laced drugs and the ongoing issue of drug trafficking in New York City.