Last fall the music world mourned the loss of iconic Pittsburgh-raised rapper Mac Miller, who had perished from an accidental drug overdose of cocaine, alcohol, and fentanyl on September 7th, 2018. Nearly a year after his death, a Hollywood Hills man named Cameron James Pettit has been charged with supplying the late rapper with fake oxycodone pills that contained fentanyl, cocaine and Xanax.
This suit alleges that Miller asked Pettit for some “percs” a common street name for the oxycodone pill Percocet, however Pettit provided the rapper with the counterfeit pills instead. The drugs found in these counterfeits were the same drugs discovered in Miller’s system during his autopsy, with the exception of the alcohol found in his system.
Pettit may have known about his implication in Miller’s overdose, and wrote messages stating:
“I think I should probably not post anything… just to be smart,” before later stating “I am not great… Most likely I will die in jail.”
The United States is currently undergoing a massive opioid crisis with the illicit opiate fentanyl becoming the major contributor of opioid related deaths in recent years. More than 28,400 deaths out of 70,200 total drug overdoses calculated in 2017 were caused by fentanyl, according to the Center for Disease Control.
“We are aggressively targeting drug dealers responsible for trafficking illicit fentanyl, which has become the most deadly facet of the opioid epidemic,” said United States Attorney Nick Hanna. “We are committed to slowing the number of overdose deaths and prosecuting those responsible for spreading this most dangerous opioid.”