On September 7, 2018 rapper Mac Miller was found dead in his Studio City home from what authorities determined to be an accidental overdose of alcohol, cocaine, and fentanyl. Nearly a year later, federal prosecutors have charged Hollywood Hills resident Cameron James Pettit in connection with the death.
Investigators claim that Pettit sold Miller (whose given name was Malcolm James McCormick) pills which Miller believed to be Percocet, but were in fact counterfeit tablets containing a compound of fentanyl, cocaine, and Xanax. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid described as 50 times stronger than heroin, has been linked to numerous overdose deaths–including Tom Petty, Prince, and the recent death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, among scores of others.
“While the death of any victim of the opioid epidemic is tragic, today’s arrest is another success for the DEA’s HIDTA Fusion Task Force,” Daniel C. Comeaux, Deputy Special Agent in Charge at the DEA Los Angeles division told NBC News about the charges. “Let our message be clear, if you peddle illegal drugs and kill someone, the DEA will be the voice of the victim. We will not rest until you face the justice system.”