Last year’s tragic death of beloved hip-hop artist Mac Miller was initially ruled an accidental drug overdose, after an autopsy showed that traces of cocaine, fentanyl, and alcohol were present in his system. This is surely a deadly cocktail, but federal prosecutors believe that Miller unknowingly took pills laced with fentanyl, which is known to be extremely deadly, even in small doses.
According to statistics from the pharmaceutical company Insys, there have been at least 900 deaths tied to the drug since its approval in 2012. It is important to point out that these figures are likely low, considering that the company was self-reporting on their own scandal. Fentanyl is approximately 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine and roughly 40 to 50 times more potent than 100% pure, pharmaceutical-grade heroin.
In a shocking 42-page criminal complaint filed by federal prosecutors in the Central District of California on Wednesday, September 4th, the Hollywood Hills drug dealer who sold Miller the pills containing fentanly will be charged in connection to his death, and face a possible 20-year prison sentence if he is found guilty.
28-year-old Cameron James Pettit has told friends and family members for the past year that he feared that he would soon be charged in relation to Miller’s death. In one revealing Instagram conversation with a friend, Pettit said that he expected to “die in jail” if he faced charges in the case. In another message, the disgraced celebrity drug dealer said that he was contemplating getting off the grid and fleeing the country to avoid the charges.
A Bad Deal
However, for the past year, the case against him was operating silently, despite numerous news articles naming him as the person who sold Miller pills containing fentanyl – pills that the rapper believed were Percocet.
According to prosecutors, Pettit delivered drugs to Miller on two separate occasions in the days leading up to his death, once through a woman named Karla Amador, a sex worker who also goes by the name Carolina Cortez. The court documents allege that Miller paid for a five-hour stay with Amador, which came at a cost of $3,000, in addition to the $350 that he paid for the drugs.
Amador is not currently facing any charges relating to the case, despite appearing in the charges against Pettit numerous times. She still maintains a public persona as an adult film actress, and thus far has not responded to requests for comments about the case.
If he is convicted, the DEA says Pettit faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.
One of the things that made Miller’s music so important to his fans was his honesty about his struggles with depression and drug addiction. Miller was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and began his career in the city’s hip hop scene in 2007, at the age of fifteen. He quickly made a name for himself, and released a number of successful records before his untimely death.
Mac Miller was posthumously nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album for his album “Swimming” which was released just before his death.
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