Mac Miller death: Man charged with selling fake opioids to Ariana Grande's ex

4 September 2019, 23:55 | Updated: 5 September 2019, 09:44

A man has been charged with supplying counterfeit opioid pills to rapper Mac Miller two days before he died of an overdose.

Cameron James Pettit, 23, is accused of providing Ariana Grande's ex-boyfriend with counterfeit oxycodone pills laced with the powerful opioid fentanyl.

Just two days later, on 7 September 2018, the 26-year-old was found dead by his assistant at his home in San Fernando Valley, in Los Angeles County.

A post mortem found Miller died from an accidental overdose, via a combination of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol.

It also revealed the artist had a history of drug and alcohol abuse, but had not previously overdosed or been hospitalised for any reason.

Authorities say they found drugs they believe were from Pettit in Miller's home, and evidence that Miller had crushed and sniffed oxycodone provided by Pettit.

Pettit has only been charged with providing the drugs, however, and not with having a direct role in Miller's death.

According to a Drug Enforcement Agency affidavit, after reports of Miller's death circulated, Pettit sent an Instagram message to a friend saying: "Most likely I will die in jail."

He also wrote: "I'm gonna get off the grid. Move to another country."

Investigators also obtained text messages between Miller and Pettit before the sale, in which Miller asked for "bars" of Xanax and a "ball" of cocaine.

"When can u get em?" Miller asked, according to a transcript of the exchange contained in court filings.

"Probably in an hour or 2. They are 30 ea," Pettit replied.

Pettit is expected to appear in court in Los Angeles on Wednesday. If convicted, he would face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.