Defendant pleads guilty in case involving rapper’s fatal overdose
An Arizona man plead guilty on Nov. 10 to a federal criminal charge of supplying counterfeit pharmaceutical pills containing fentanyl to a drug dealer accused of selling the pills to rapper Mac Miller, who suffered a fatal overdose in September 2018.
Ryan Michael Reavis, 38, a former West Los Angeles resident who moved to Lake Havasu, Arizona, in 2019, pleaded guilty to a single count of distributing fentanyl. Reavis knowingly distributed counterfeit oxycodone pills to co-defendant Cameron James Pettit, 30, of West Hollywood. He gave Pettit the pills at the direction of co-defendant Stephen Andrew Walter, 48, of Westwood, federal authorities said.
Reavis admitted to knowing that the pills contained fentanyl or some other controlled substance. Shortly after Reavis gave the fentanyl-laced pills to Pettit, Pettit sold them to Miller, who suffered a fatal drug overdose two days later.
Last month, Walter pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of fentanyl.
The case against Pettit is pending. Reavis and Walter will formally enter their pleas in court in the coming weeks.
The investigation was conducted by a task force overseen by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, with assistance by the Los Angeles Police Department.