A TV producer and a suspected drug dealer embroiled in the cocaine overdose death of a Long Island mom have been arrested on narcotics charges, sources said Wednesday.
Police and DEA agents busted Marc Johnson, 51, the producer of the HBO show “The Deuce,” and his longtime friend, James Holder, 60, Tuesday on cocaine charges, according to officials and court records.
Holder was busted in a building near Sutton Place at about 6:30 p.m., sources said.
Johnson was arrested in Hell’s Kitchen at about 9:40 p.m.
They were not charged for the death of Kiersten Cerveny, a 38-year-old married dermatologist with three kids, who died of an overdose in Chelsea on Oct. 4, officials said.
But both men are accused of trying to cover up that she partied with them that night by moving her body out of Holder’s apartment, court records show.
Cerveny met up with Johnson in the wee hours of that morning at a Lower East Side bar after partying and using cocaine with friends.
Kiersten Cerveny with husband
Johnson and Cerveny took a cab around 4 a.m. to Chelsea to see Holder. Four hours later, Holder and Johnson were seen dragging an unresponsive Cerveny to the front door of the W. 16th St. building.
Johnson tried to perform CPR on her and called 911 after “she turned blue,” he told detectives. Both men left the scene before cops arrived.
An autopsy found she died of an overdose.
The charges were unsealed Wednesday in Manhattan federal court. Cops, the DEA, state troopers and Homeland Security were involved in the operation.
“If you remember, the case was really troubling,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said. “Her body was taken down to W. 16th St. and left in a front doorway. 911 was called, but no one rendered aid and everyone was gone when EMS responded.”
Investigators interviewed law enforcement officers and “more than ten” people who have gotten or seen others get coke from Holder, court documents show.
An autopsy found that Cerveny, a dermatologist from Manhasset, died of an accidental “acute cocaine and alcohol intoxication.” The blond mother of three was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Cerveny, a former pageant queen from New Jersey, married fellow skin doc Andrew Cerveny about 10 months after she reconnected with Johnson, who she had known for a few years.
She and her husband had been living in a rented $1.2 million home for about a year.
After Cerveny’s death, Johnson took time off from his job as a producer of “The Deuce,” an HBO pilot about the porn industry starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal.