Prosecutors charge man in connection with Mac Miller's death
Following his final public appearance in front of a small Hollywood crowd on September 3, 2018, fans of the rapper were devastated to learn that Mac Miller - real name Malcolm James McCormick - had died after being found unresponsive in his Studio City home on September, 7.
Now, nearly a year later, federal prosecutors in Los Angeles have charged an individual from Hollywood Hills in connection with the 26-year-old star's death, the Daily Mail reports.
Twenty-eight-year-old Cameron James Pettit allegedly supplied Mac Miller, 26, with counterfeit oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl two days before the hip-hop star was found dead.
Per a 42-page criminal complaint filed in the Central District of California Wednesday, Miller allegedly asked Pettit to furnish him with "percs" - an abbreviation for Percocet - a strong prescription painkiller containing oxycodone. Investigators now believe Millier died shortly after snorting the counterfeit drug.
According to the DEA, Pettit has since been charged with a federal count of distribution of a controlled substance.
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Originally believing Miller's death to be accidental, it later emerged that the hip-hop star died with a cocktail of drugs in his system. Investigators were then granted search warrants and recovered a plastic bag containing pills.
These drugs were later determined to be pure oxycodone, hydrocodone, amphetamine, Xanax, and cocaine, and were believed to have been supplied by a prostitute who also worked as a madam. It later emerged that an additional delivery - allegedly organized by Pettit on September 5 - included oxycodone pills, cocaine, and Xanax.
However, NBC News reported that authorities believe Pettit's oxycodone pills were indeed counterfeit and laced with a fatal dose of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl.
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If found guilty, Pettit is facing a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.
It has since been revealed in the complaint document that a series of direct Instagram messages were uncovered detailing Pettit's reaction to Miller's death.
Hours after police found the rapper's body, Pettit reportedly wrote: "I think I should probably not post anything …just to be smart."
And when asked how he was coping with the news, he responded: "I am not great ... Most likely I will die in jail."
Then, in a separate conversation on September 11 with another friend, Pettit said: "Nothing has happened yet…but it might. [...] I’m gonna get off the grid…move to another country."
Pettit has since deleted the Instagram account the messages were sent from and now uses the social media site under a different handle.