Now, there are cases filed in the California judicial system against Cameron James Pettit, a man who is accused of selling the late rapper counterfeit drugs that lead to his fatal overdose in 2018. 2
According to the DEA affidavit against Pettit, Mac Miller asked Pettit for oxycodone and other drugs, but Pettit gave Miller counterfeit drugs laced with fentanyl instead. 2 It is believed that the fentanyl in these drugs, along with cocaine and alcohol, lead to Miller’s fatal overdose. This recent charge against the alleged dealer of the fentanyl-laced drugs is changing the face of overdose arrest accountability.
While there are many celebrity overdoses, some fatal, there aren’t as many cases against those responsible for providing the drugs that may have contributed to overdoses. The Sackler family opioid epidemic lawsuits and additional lawsuits against opioid manufacturers show that the perception of overdoses is changing, and many are looking to hold drug dealers accountable for overdoses. This is especially true for overdoses involving fake or counterfeit pills where the user believed they had the real thing, like oxycodone, but instead took fentanyl. Fentanyl is far more potent than other prescription pills, resulting in unintentional overdoses for many users that can be fatal.
The Mac Miller overdose arrest of Cameron James Pettit shows this growing movement to hold drug dealers responsible for the overdoses that stem from fentanyl and other potent drugs. A DEA statement about the arrest explains the dangers of selling fentanyl in place of other drugs:
“Fentanyl disguised as a genuine pharmaceutical is a killer,” said U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna.1 In further statements, Hanna stressed the importance of “aggressively” targeting drug dealers who sell fentanyl. “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,” he continued. 1
If convicted, Pettit faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.
These charges against the alleged dealer of knockoff drugs show a new turn in overdose cases. Dealers are starting to be charged with responsibility for providing counterfeit pills to users, and this may help to slow overdose deaths. Fentanyl-laced drugs are still common, and sobriety is the best way to avoid these dangerous drugs.