When Miller was reported dead, the man allegedly sent a message to a friend saying, “Most likely I will die in jail.”
A 28-year-old Hollywood Hills man has been arrested in connection to the fatal overdose of rapper Mac Miller.
Cameron James Pettit has been charged with one count of distribution of a controlled substance and if convicted, faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison, according to a Department of Justice press release.
“Pettit and others distributed narcotics to 26-year-old Malcolm James McCormick… approximately two days before McCormick suffered a fatal drug overdose in Studio City on September 7, 2018,” according to the DOJ statement.
A medical examiner ruled that the rapper died of mixed drug toxicity involving fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol.
Through a warrant, authorities obtained messages between Pettit and McCormick arranging for the rapper to purchase oxycodone, cocaine and Xanax from Pettit.
“But, instead of providing McCormick with genuine oxycodone 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,” according to the DOJ statement.
Investigators believe the rapper’s fatal overdose was triggered by snorting the fake oxycodone provided by Pettit.
After McCormick was reported dead, Pettit sent a message to a friend saying, “Most likely I will die in jail.”
He said also said, “I’m gonna get off the grid…move to another country” four days after the rapper’s death, according to Heavy.
An investigation by the DEA is ongoing, with two other individuals suspected of supplying McCormick with drugs. They have not been charged, but a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles said other charges are possible.
“Fentanyl disguised as a genuine pharmaceutical is a killer, which is being proven every day in America,” said U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna. “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.”
More than 800 people are expected to attend a vigil marking the first anniversary of McCormick’s death at Blue Slide Park, which inspired his debut studio album of the same name. The vigil will take place at the park in Pittsburgh, his hometown, on Friday, Sept. 6th.