Last updated on: September 5, 2019 at 9:44 pm IST
A man charged in connection with the death of Mac Miller has said he fears he’ll die in jail.
Court documents filed with the Los Angeles Federal Court reveal that Cameron James Pettit, a 28-year-old man from the Hollywood Hills, has been charged in connection with the rapper’s tragic death.
Mac – real name Malcolm McCormick – was just 26 when he was found dead on September 7, last year.
An autopsy revealed that the star, who used to date Ariana Grande, died from a combination of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol.
Now, Pettit has been charged with the distribution of a controlled substance, a drug trafficking charge that carries up to 20 years in federal prison.
A complaint, written by DEA Special Agent Tommy Fung, was filed to prosecutors in the Central District of California US Attorney’s Office on September 4.
Pettit is accused of giving Mac oxycodone pills that were counterfeit and contained traces of fentanyl, which was found in the rapper’s system.
The court documents reveal excerpts from messages Pettit exchanged with friends after Mac’s death.
One direct message he sent to a friend said: “I think I should probably not post anything …just to be smart.”
Another said: “I am not great … Most likely I will die in jail.”
The messages were obtained by federal investigators through a warrant.
Four says after Mac’s death, Pettit sent another friend a message, saying: “Nothing has happened yet…but it might”.
Mia Johansson, an alleged associate of Pettit, has also been named in the court documents.
US Attorney for the Central District of California Nick Hanna said in a statement: “Fentanyl disguised as a genuine pharmaceutical is a killer – which is being proven every day in America.
“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.”
DEA Los Angeles Special Agent in Charge Daniel Comeaux added: “While the death of any victim of the opioid epidemic is tragic, today’s arrest is another success for the DEA’s HIDTA Fusion Task Force.
“Let our message be clear, if you peddle illegal drugs and kill someone, the DEA will be the voice of the victim. We will not rest until you face the justice system.”
Pettit appeared before a magistrate in federal court in Los Angeles on September 4.
He was detained, meaning he’ll be held without bond pending his trial.
He waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and was represented at the hearing by Deputy Federal Public Defender Charles Synder.
Pettit is alleged to have indirectly delivered pills to Mac two days before his death.
It’s alleged he sent the pills to the rapper via a sex worker named Karla Amador, who works under the name Carolina Cortez.
The court documents state: “McCormick’s phone contained numerous text messages between McCormick and Pettit, and McCormick and Johansson [Pettit’s associate], in the months before McCormick’s death.”
The documents also state that Mac sent Johansson a sum of $340 on September 3, with the caption “for Cam”.
The criminal complaint against Pettit also reveals a number of text message exchanges between him and the late rapper.