Nearly a year after Mac Miller‘s untimely passing, a California man has been arrested in connection with the rapper’s death.

Wednesday morning, the Los Angeles Police Department apprehended Cameron James Pettit, alleging he sold counterfeit oxycodone pills, containing the opioid fentanyl, to the Swimming lyricist just two days before he died of an apparent drug overdose.

Pettit has been charged with one federal count of distribution of a controlled substance and faces up to 20 years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint, prosecutors claim that on September 5, 2018, “Pettit delivered counterfeit oxycodone pills that contained fentanyl—a dangerous synthetic opioid—cocaine, and Xanax to [Mac Miller].”

Miller, born Malcolm James McCormick, was found dead two days later in his Los Angeles home and it was later determined that he’d ingested a toxic mix of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol. He was 26 years old.

The complaint further alleges that hours after news outlets reported the Pittsburgh native’s death, Pettit sent a message to a friend saying, “Most likely I will die in jail.”


Investigators believe that Miller died shortly after snorting the pills, since fentanyl is known to be 50 times more potent than heroin.

“Fentanyl disguised as a genuine pharmaceutical is a killer – which is being proven every day in America,” United States Attorney Nick Hanna shared 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.”

Pettit is expected to make his initial appearance in district court this afternoon in downtown Los Angeles.

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