Three men arrested during the investigation into the mortal overdose of rapper Mac Miller last year were accused of supplying the drugs that killed him, prosecutors said in the United States.
A grand jury charge that was opened in Los Angeles accuses the men of conspiring and distributing fentanyl cocaine and oxycodone pills that caused Miller's death in September 2018.
Cameron Pettit, 28, of West Hollywood, California; Stephen Walter, 46, of Los Angeles; and Ryan Reavis, 36, of the city of Lake Havasu, Arizona, had previously been charged with drug-related crimes. Wednesday's charges add the accusation that their drugs led to Miller's death.
Miller, 26, died of an accidental overdose of the potent fentanyl opioid, along with cocaine and alcohol. Fentanyl contributed to an epidemic of opiate abuse in the United States that caused thousands of victims, including those of other musicians, such as Prince.
Men face a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in federal prison and the potential for life without parole if convicted of one of the charges related to Miller's death.
All have been arrested in recent weeks and remain in custody, and no one has entered a request.
Walter's attorney, William S. Harris, said he was reviewing the charge and other elements of the case and could not immediately comment. Pettit's lawyer did not immediately respond to an e-mail message looking for comments. It is not clear if Reavis has a lawyer.
Pettit and Walter, who were also accused of being a criminal in possession of ammunition, were to be charged with new charges on 10 October. Reavis, who was arrested last week in Arizona, has not yet set an alignment date.
The prosecution claims that the men continued to distribute drugs until August 2019.
Miller's beats and rhymes, with their blunt expressions of drug use and depression, have made him a beloved and respected figure among fans, including some of the biggest names in hip-hop.
The Pittsburgh native, whose real name was Malcolm James Myers McCormick, had a two-year relationship with Ariana Grande that ended at the beginning of 2018. After her death, the pop star released her loving video on his Instagram page and published a song, "Thanks U Next", which mentioned him fondly.
The prosecution claims that Walter provided the fentanyl and cocaine that Pettit sold to Miller and that Reavis, who lived in the Los Angeles area until the start of this year, has acted as an intermediary for the sale of fentanyl.
Pettit on September 5, 2018 sold Miller cocaine, Xanax and 10 blue pills that looked like oxycodone but contained fentanyl after the two had exchanged text messages the day before, according to the charge.
In the texts, Miller proclaimed his love for ossicodone, or "percs" for the Percocet brand, and also calls for "bars" of Xanax and a "ball" of cocaine, according to a previous judicial deposit. Miller also asked Pettit: "When can you get them?" According to previous court documents.
Two days later, Miller's assistant found him dead at his Los Angeles home.
In another set of messages included in the accusation, Reavis worried about a message sent in June about the undercover police buying drugs.
"People are dying of false blues on the right and left," the message said, "it is better to believe that the forces of order are using informal and undercover informants to buy them on the street so they can start putting in prison life for selling fake pills. "
Associate associate writer Brian Melley contributed to this story.
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