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Middleman In Fake Oxy Deal That Killed Mac Miller Gets 11 Years In Federal Prison
Ryan Reavis, the drug runner involved in providing rapper Mac Miller with the fentanyl-filled counterfeit oxycontin pills that killed him, was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Wednesday.
The second of three men who pleaded guilty to providing counterfeit oxycontin pills to rapper Mac Miller and causing his death in 2018 was sentenced this week.
Ryan Reavis, 38, was sentenced to 131 months — or just under 11 years — in federal prison on Wednesday in accordance with his November agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to one count of distributing fentanyl, according to federal court documents reviewed by Oxygen.com. After his release from prison, he will additionally be subject to three years of supervised release, the conditions of which include up to eight drug tests a month, an outpatient drug rehabilitation program and, potentially, a residential drug treatment program.
The court also strongly recommended he participate in the Bureau of Prison's 500-hour Residential Drug Abuse Program.
Reavis, Stephen Walter, 46, and Cameron Pettit, 30, were all arrested in 2019 and charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances resulting in death and distribution of fentanyl resulting in death, according to indictments reviewed by Oxygen.com. Walter and Reavis had also faced federal gun charges.
Walter pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of fentanyl in October. He is still awaiting sentencing. The case against Pettit is pending.
Prosecutors alleged that all three were involved in supplying rapper Mac Miller with counterfeit oxycodone pills which they knew were actually fentanyl, mixed and pressed to look like legitimate oxycodone.
Miller died of a mixed toxicity overdose of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol on Sept. 7, 2018, and investigators found evidence that he had snorted the counterfeit oxycodone pills shortly before his death.
According to prosecutors, Miller ordered 10 oxycodone pills, cocaine and Xanax from Pettit around 11:00 p.m. on Sept. 4, 2018; however, Pettit's delivery to Miller around 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 5, 2018 instead included 10 counterfeit oxycodone pills he bought from Walter, his supplier, which were delivered by Reavis, a middleman. (Prosecutors also alleged that Walters supplied Pettit with cocaine for clients as well.)
Prosecutors further alleged that three men continued to provide counterfeit oxycodone pills to other clients in the Los Angeles area after Miller's death, which was widely reported as a suspected overdose even before the coroner's office reported Miller's cause of death on Nov. 5, 2018.
In the indictment, prosecutors noted that Reavis had texted an unindicted, unnamed co-conspirator as part of another potential drug deal in June 2019 about the prevalence of fake oxycodone in the Los Angeles area and how people were dying from "fake blues," or counterfeit oxycodone.
As part of his sentencing, prosecutors released pictures of that exchange as well as another in July 2019 in which Reavis was messaging with an unidentified person inquiring about the quality of pills — "bars," or Xanax — he or she had previously gotten from Reavis. In that exchange, Reavis seems to say that he had unwittingly provided them with "pressed alp powder" (the generic name for Xanax is Alprazolam) but that he then had ones from the pharmacy and could tell the difference. He called it a "f--ked up situation with these f--king things," but claimed he had "real ones."
In a third exchange, around the same period of time in 2019, Reavis is seen advising another person to "be careful with any blues. From anyone," during an exchange about sourcing oxycodone from two different, unnamed people.