(This Sept. 4th story corrects album title in 12th paragraph to Blue Slide Park from Blue Facet Park)
By Dan Whitcomb
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Los Angeles man who prosecutors say equipped counterfeit oxycodone laced with fentanyl to rapper Mac Miller two days earlier than his demise from an unintended overdose was arrested on Wednesday on federal drug trafficking fees.
Cameron James Pettit, 28, is accused of delivering the tablets to Miller, an ex-boyfriend of pop star Ariana Grande, early on the morning of Sept. 5, 2018.
Miller, the 26-year-old musician and producer born Malcolm James McCormick, was discovered unresponsive in his dwelling within the Studio Metropolis neighborhood of Los Angeles on Sept. 7 and later pronounced lifeless on the scene.
An post-mortem decided that Miller died of an unintended overdose of a blended drug toxicity involving fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol.
Pettit was ordered held with out bond throughout a short listening to in U.S. District Courtroom in Los Angeles and waived his proper to a preliminary listening to within the case. His court-appointed legal professional, Charles Snyder, declined to remark when reached by Reuters.
“We’ve seen too many tragic deaths,” Assistant U.S. Legal professional Matthew Jacobs stated exterior court docket. “Folks ought to know that in the event that they eat black market opioid tablets they’re enjoying Russian roulette. It could possibly be a real tablet or it could possibly be laced with one thing that may go away them lifeless on the spot.”
In accordance with the legal grievance, Pettit delivered the 10 blue tablets to Miller at a Hollywood recording studio shortly earlier than 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 5, together with Xanax and cocaine.
As a result of Pettit was sluggish in arriving with the medicine, Miller contacted a madam he knew from earlier transactions, the court docket papers stated, and she or he despatched a prostitute to the studio with oxycodone, Xanax, Adderall, hydrocodone and cocaine.
Prosecutors say forensic evaluation and circumstantial proof present that it was the tablets introduced by Pettit that contained fentanyl.
Neither the prostitute nor the madam, who in keeping with the court docket paperwork are related to Pettit, have been charged within the case. Pettit will be seen with the madam in photos posted to her Instagram account.
Representatives for Miller declined to remark.
Pittsburgh-born Miller, who first gained a following whereas nonetheless a teen and topped the Billboard album charts together with his 2011 debut album, “Blue Slide Park,” spoke overtly of his drug habit in interviews and in tune lyrics.
He was additionally a sought-after producer, utilizing the pseudonym Larry Fisherman, and was posthumously nominated for a Grammy for his remaining album, “Swimming.”
Miller and Grande, 26, dated for about two years, breaking apart in Could 2018. The Grammy-winning pop star sings affectionately about him in her hit single “thank u, subsequent,” referring to him by his given title Malcolm.
Grande’s representatives couldn’t be reached for touch upon Wednesday.
Reporting by Dan Whitcomb, Modifying by Cynthia Osterman and Grant McCool