Los Angeles man charged in Mac Miller’s death, accused of supplying fentanyl-laced pills to rapper
A Los Angeles man was arrested Wednesday on charges he supplied the counterfeit oxycodone pills secretly laced with fentanyl that led to the tragic death of rapper Mac Miller last year.
Cameron James Pettit, 28, allegedly sold the fake pills to Miller two days before the 26-year-old hip-hop star suffered a fatal overdose in his Studio City residence on Sept. 7, 2018, prosecutors said.
Miller, who famously dated Ariana Grande and whose real name was Malcolm James McCormick, died of mixed drug toxicity involving fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol, the Los Angeles County coroner ruled.
Hours after news of Miller’s death broke, Pettit allegedly sent a message to a friend that read, “Most likely I will die in jail," authorities said in court paperwork.
In a 42-page complaint, prosecutors charged Pettit with one count of distribution of a controlled substance, which carries up to 20 years in prison.
According to an affidavit included in the filing, Pettit agreed to supply Miller with 30-milligram oxycodone pills as well as cocaine and the sedative Xanax late on the night of Sept. 4.
Instead of providing genuine oxycodone when he made the delivery Sept. 5, Pettit allegedly sold Miller small blue pills fashioned with the oxycodone logo that actually contained fentanyl – a powerful synthetic opioid 50 times more potent than heroin.
Investigators believe Miller later snorted the powerful pills and died.
According to the complaint, Miller also received a visit from a prostitute identified as Karla Amador around the same time Pettit delivered the drugs.
Later that day, Amador’s alleged madam, Mia Johansson, a woman who worked with Pettit, sent Miller a text message explaining what the rapper owed her for separate services and drugs that Amador supplied, prosecutors alleged.
“$325 pills. Normally it would have been $3500 for Carla but I’ll take it from $700 an hr to $600 so only 3k and also I got you on the white,” Johansson wrote, according to the affidavit. “Total $3325. Hope you had a great night? Lmk how you want to square up hun xx."
A prosecution source declined to comment Wednesday on whether possible criminal charges were pending against Amador and Johansson.
Pettit appeared in federal court in Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon but did not enter a plea. Wearing a black shirt with his hair streaked pink and yellow, he waved his right to a preliminary hearing and was ordered back for a post-indictment arraignment Oct. 10.
The judge said no combination of conditions would support Pettit’s release Wednesday. She cited alleged text messages seized by authorities in which Pettit allegedly said he might leave the country, “get off the grid” and change his name.
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"Fentanyl disguised as a genuine pharmaceutical is a killer – which is being proven every day in America,” U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna said in a statement.
“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," he said.
In the affidavit filed Wednesday. authorities said Miller had a history of buying drugs from Pettit and even paid for some using the cash transfer app Venmo.