A man has pleaded not guilty in the fatal overdose of rapper Mac Miller.
Cameron James Pettit, 28, denied supplying the rapper with a counterfeit batch of oxycodone laced with fentanyl.
He entered the plea during his arraignment in Los Angeles Federal Court on Thursday. Another of Miller’s alleged dealers, Stephen Walter, 46, was also scheduled to appear in court.
But the court was told he was placed under quarantine for mumps in a San Diego jail.
Both of the men were indicted by a federal grand jury last week.
Investigators say they supplied Miller, 26, with the deadly batch of drugs, along with a third accomplice, 36-year-old Ryan Reavis. Pettit has been in custody since September 4.
Grammy-nominated star Mac Miller was found dead from a drug overdose in his home just under a year ago.
Authorities say the “Self-Care” rapper asked Petit for percocet, a powerful prescription painkiller containing oxycodone.
But it was actually laced with fentanyl, a powerful drug that is fifty times more potent than heroin.
26-year-old Miller was found unresponsive in his Studio City home on September 7, 2018.
It was just two days after he asked for the drugs.
Investigators are in possession of dozens of text messages between Pettit and Miller.
The messages were sent in the months before the rapper’s death. Pettit and Miller allegedly discussed drugs numerous times.
Cops are also reportedly in possession of a damning text message Pettit sent to a friend after Miller died.
“Most likely I will die in jail,” he wrote.
Authorities believe the “Donald Trump” rapper died shortly after snorting counterfeit drugs which had been supplied to him by Pettit.
The coroner found fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol in his body. It was proven that Miller likely took an accidental overdose.
Miller – real name Malcolm James McCormick – made his last public appearance inside Hollywood’s Hotel Cafe on September 3, 2018, just four days before his death.
The talented musician taught himself to play guitar, bass, piano and drums as a young child growing up in Pittsburgh. His fifth album, Swimming, which would later earn him a posthumous Grammy nomination for best album. The album heavily featured the topic of addiction, something that he was very open about.
Miller was also regularly featured in gossip columns and blogs following his high-profile relationship with pop star Ariana Grande.
Each of the men in the drug case face a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in federal prison and the potential for life without parole if convicted.