LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Two men are expected to plead guilty on Tuesday to supplying the fentanyl-containing pills that led to the 2018 overdose death of rapper Mac Miller at his Studio City home.
Stephen Walter, 48, and Ryan Reavis, 38, will each plead guilty in federal court in downtown Los Angeles to a fentanyl distribution boss, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The two reached plea agreements with prosecutors.
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According to federal prosecutors, Reavis, under the direction of Walter, provided the counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl to the third co-defendant in the case, Cameron Pettit, 30, of West Hollywood.
Pettit then sold the pills directly to Miller, real name Malcolm James McCormick, two days before he overdosed, according to federal prosecutors.
Three days before Miller’s death, Pettit had agreed to supply Miller with 10 “blues,” the street term for oxycodone pills, as well as cocaine and Xanax, prosecutors say. However, instead of delivering genuine oxycodone pills, Pettit delivered counterfeit Miller pills.
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Reavis admitted in his plea agreement that he knew the pills contained either fentanyl or another controlled substance. After Miller’s death, it was determined that they were indeed mixed with fentanyl.
The criminal case against Pettit is ongoing.
All three suspects were arrested in September 2019. Walter and Pettit were taken into custody in Los Angeles, while Reavis was arrested at his home in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
On September 7, 2018, 26-year-old Mac Miller, real name Malcolm James McCormick, was found dead at his home in the 11600 block of West Valley Crest Drive in Studio City. Miller died of an accidental overdose caused by a mixture of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol, according to the toxicology report from the LA County Coroner’s Office.
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Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid painkiller that is up to 100 times more potent than morphine. In recent years, there has been a spike in fentanyl overdoses both in Southland and across the country.