Alleged Drug Dealer Arrested in Connection to Mac Miller's Overdose
Alleged Drug Dealer Arrested in Connection to Mac Miller's Overdose
Mac Miller performs on the Camp Stage during day 1 of Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival 2017 at Exposition Park
05 September, 2019, 04:55
A Los Angeles man who prosecutors say sold counterfeit oxycodone to rapper Mac Miller two days before his death from an accidental drug overdose was arrested on Wednesday (Sept 4) on federal charges.
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While investigating Mac's death, authorities found a plastic bag containing pills that were allegedly supplied by a prostitute. "Instead of providing McCormick with genuine oxycodone pills when he made the delivery during the early morning hours of September 5, Pettit allegedly sold McCormick counterfeit oxycodone pills that contained fentanyl - a powerful synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin". Investigators believe Miller died after snorting the counterfeit oxycodone pills. According to court documents, Mac Miller, born Malcolm McCormick, asked Pettit for "percs" or percocet pills and that the dealer gave him a deadly dose.
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"While the death of any victim of the opioid epidemic is tragic, today's arrest is another success for the DEA's HIDTA Fusion Task Force", said DEA Los Angeles Deputy Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux. "We will not rest until you face the justice system".
Pettit is accused of exchanging direct messages on Instagram with others reacting to Miller's death. "I think I should probably not post anything ...just to be smart", Petit allegedly said in one of the texts. They also claim he seemed aware that he was destined for jail, expressing concern that he would go on to "die" behind bars.
Miller spoke publicly about his struggles with addiction. "There are no further details as to the cause of his death at this time".
If convicted, Pettit could face up to 20 years in a federal prison.
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He is expected to make his first court appearance on Wednesday afternoon in United States District Court in Los Angeles . According to the criminal complaint, he is one of three people who supplied Miller with the counterfeit drugs.
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