Federal prosecutors arrested and charged a man in connection with the death of rapper Mac Miller, who was found dead in September 2018 of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, alcohol and cocaine, according to a federal criminal complaint.
Cameron James Pettit, 28, from Hollywood Hills, is expected to appear in court on Wednesday, federal prosecutors said in a statement.
The 42-page affidavit, filed in the Central District of California alleges that Cameron James Pettit, 28, supplied Miller with counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl. At the time of sale, Miller had asked to be furnished with “percs,” an abbreviation for percocet, a prescribed painkiller containing oxycodone.
An autopsy later found that Miller died from an accidental overdose, via a combination of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol.
“Most Likely I Will Die In Jail.”
Authorities found drugs they believe were from Pettit in Miller’s home, and evidence that Miller had crushed and sniffed oxycodone provided by Pettit.
According to the affidavit, Petit sent an Instagram message to a friend after Miller’s death, stating, “Most likely I will die in jail.”
Pettit went on to write, “I’m gonna get off the grid. Move to another country.”
U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna said in a statement after Pettit’s arrest that “Fentanyl disguised as a genuine pharmaceutical is a killer — which is being proven every single day in the United States.” He went on. “Drugs laced with cheap and potent fentanyl are increasingly common, and we owe it to the victims and their families to aggressively target the drug dealers that cause these overdose deaths.”
What Defined Mac
Miller is the latest musician whose death has been linked in recent years to a national wave of opioid abuse and overdoses. Prince died in 2016 when he took counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl that looked like a generic version of the painkiller Vicodin.
While the rapper struggled with substance abuse for a number of years, it wasn’t his chemical dependency that defined him. Miller started his journey in music as a teenager by putting out mix-tapes in his native Pittsburgh. In 2012, his first album, “Blue Slide Park,” became the first independent debut album to hit the top of the Billboard chart in more than 16 years. Miller also talked openly about his struggles with addiction, providing hope to others that may be struggling. In the song “Small Worlds,” he sang: “Nine times out of 10 I get it wrong / That’s why I wrote this song, told myself to hold on.” Miller was 26 at the time of his death.