Mac Miller death: Man arrested for selling counterfeit drugs to rapper, contributing to his death

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Mac Miller performs on the Camp Stage during day 1 of Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival 2017 at Exposition Park on October 28, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

A man has been arrested in connection to the death of rapper Mac Miller. 

Cameron James Pettit, 28, of Hollywood, was arrested Wednesday morning.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office Pettit was arrested on federal charges alleging he sold counterfeit pharmaceutical narcotics containing fentanyl to 26-year-old Malcolm James McCormick, who performed under the name of Mac Miller.

Pettit was arrested following a criminal complaint which was filed last Friday that charges him with one count of distribution of a controlled substance. According to officials the narcotics were sold to Miller two days before his fatal overdose. 

Miller was found dead in his Studio City home on September 7th. Investigators believe Miller died after snorting the counterfeit oxycodone pills.

Officials say Pettit allegedly sold Miller counterfeit oxycodone pills that contained fentanyl, which the Drug Enforcement Administration says is a powerful synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin.

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

If convicted Pettit could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.