Rapper Mac Miller tragically passed away on September 7, 2018 due to a drug overdose, and now a man has been arrested in connection to his death. On Wednesday, September 4, the Central District of California’s United States Attorney, Nicole T. Hanna, announced that a “Hollywood Hills resident was arrested [that] morning on federal charges alleging that he sold counterfeit pharmaceutical narcotics containing fentanyl to Mac Miller two days before the hip-hop artist died of a drug overdose.” The man’s name is Cameron James Pettit, and he’s expected to appear in United States District Court in downtown Los Angeles later in the afternoon.
“Pettit was arrested pursuant to a criminal complaint filed last Friday that charges him with one count of distribution of a controlled substance,” Hanna shared in a press release obtained by In Touch. “According to the affidavit in support of the criminal complaint, Pettit and others distributed narcotics to 26-year-old Malcolm James McCormick – who recorded and performed under the name Mac Miller – approximately two days before McCormick suffered a fatal drug overdose in Studio City. … The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner later determined that McCormick died of mixed drug toxicity involving fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol.”
Per the affidavit, Miller had allegedly arranged to buy oxycodone, cocaine and Xanax from Pettit, 28. The Los Angeles Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration claim that the supposed oxycodone tablets the rapper bought were instead “counterfeit oxycodone pills that contained fentanyl – a powerful synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin.” According to paperwork obtained by In Touch, Pettit told a friend just hours after Miller’s death, “I am not great. … Most likely I will die in jail. … Nothing has happened yet. But it might.” He also seemingly discussed moving to another country and changing his name, though it’s not clear how serious the conversation was at that point.
Since the star’s death, his ex Ariana Grande has paid tribute to him in concert. She also celebrated the six-year anniversary of their song, “The Way,” in March 2019. “By no means was what we had perfect, but, like, f–k,” Ari, 26, said in July 2019. “He was the best person ever, and he didn’t deserve the demons he had.”
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