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Watch Out for Drug Dealers Peddling Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals Made with Fentanyl: Three Men Charged in Scheme to Distribute Fentanyl-Laced Pills that Caused Overdose Death of Rapper Mac Miller

Posted by Fay Arfa | Oct 02, 2019 | 0 Comments

Cameron Pettit, 28, of West Hollywood; Stephen Walter, 46, of Westwood; and Ryan Reavis, 36, a former West Los Angeles resident who relocated to Lake Havasu, Arizona earlier this year, were charged in a three-count indictment. All three defendants are charged with conspiring to distribute controlled substances resulting in death and distribution of fentanyl resulting in death – each of which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in federal prison and a potential sentence of life without parole. Only Walter is charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition, which, if convicted, would result in a sentence maximum 10 year federal prison sentence

The three defendants allegedly distributed narcotics to 26-year-old Malcolm James McCormick aka Mac Miller about two days before McCormick suffered a fatal drug overdose on September 7, 2018. The Coroner determined that McCormick died of mixed drug toxicity involving fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol.

Late on the night of September 4, Pettit allegedly agreed to supply McCormick with 10 “blues” – a street term for oxycodone pills – as well as cocaine and the sedative Xanax. But, instead of providing McCormick with genuine oxycodone when he made the delivery during the early morning hours of September 5, Pettit allegedly sold McCormick counterfeit oxycodone pills that contained fentanyl – a powerful synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin. Pettit allegedly ordered the fentanyl-laced pills from Walter, and then Reavis delivered the narcotics to Pettit.

McCormick apparently died after snorting the counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl and that those pills had been allegedly provided by PettitWhile another individual allegedly supplied McCormick with other drugs, that did not contain fentanyl, before his death, 

Less than one month after McCormick's death, Walter allegely agreed to sell Pettit another 10 “blues.” Other drug deals between the two men allegedly occurred over the course of 2019, with one as recent as August 30.

Reavis was allegedly involved in drug trafficking activities in June and quotes a text message he sent after realizing he was negotiating a narcotics transaction with an unknown person that reads, in part: “People have been dying from fake blues left and right, you better believe law enforcement is using informants and undercover to buy them on the street do [sic] they can start putting ppl in prison for life for selling fake pills.”

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Fay Arfa

Fay Arfa has the distinction of being Certified as a Specialist in two separate areas of law – Criminal Law as well as Appellate Law – by the California State Bar, Board of Specialization. The National Board of Trial Advocacy has also awarded her a board Certification in Criminal Trial Advocacy. ...


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