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Mac Miller's Supplier To Plead Guilty To Giving Him Fake Oxycodone Laced With Fentanyl

Ryan Reavis, who served as a runner for Mac Miller's alleged dealer, will plead guilty in the rapper's 2019 overdose death, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

By Megan Carpentier
Man Pleads Guilty For Role In Rapper Mac Miller’s Death

The man who acted as a runner to Mac Miller's alleged drug dealer has agreed to a guilty plea in the rapper's death.

Ryan Michael Reavis, 38, has agreed to plead guilty to a single federal count of distributing fentanyl, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California. He was originally arrested in Lake Havasu, Arizona in September 2019 after the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Lake Havasu Police Department served him with a search warrant and recovered a prescription pad, prescription- pills, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a 9mm pistol, two shotguns, a homemade silencer and "large amounts" of ammunition, according to a Lake Havasu P.D. press release.

At that time, he was charged with fraudulent schemes and artifices, possession of marijuana, possession of prescription drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, weapons misconduct by a prohibited possessor, and manufacture of a prohibited weapon, according to the department. 

Miller, whose given name was Malcolm James McCormick, died on Sept. 7, 2018 at the age of 26. A coroner's report obtained by Oxygen.com stated that he was discovered unresponsive in the morning by his assistant, who stated the rapper was kneeling "in praying position." He was pronounced dead at the scene, and drugs and empty alcohol bottles were found on his person and around his home.

A coroner's report issued in November 2018 named the cause of Miller's death as an accidental case of mixed drug toxicity, stating that Miller had fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol in his system when he died.

In October 2019, Reavis, Cameron James Pettit, 30, and Stephen Andrew Walter, 48, were all indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiring to distribute controlled substances resulting in death, and distribution of fentanyl resulting in death, according to a Justice Department press release. (Walter was also charged with being in possession of ammunition as a felon.) According to the government, Miller had ordered 10 oxycodone pills, cocaine and Xanax from Pettit on Sept. 4, 2018; Pettit allegedly gave him fake oxycodone pills on Sept. 5  that were actually fentanyl — a much stronger opioid — which he purchased from Walter and were delivered to him by Reavis.

Miller, authorities said, died of the overdose after snorting the fake oxycodone pills supplied by Pettit via Reavis and Walter.

Pettit and Walter continued to do business — including in counterfeit oxycodone pills — and Reavis even acknowledged to an unknown party prior to his arrest that the epidemic of fake oxycodone and the related deaths were causing a crackdown by law enforcement, according to the press release.

Walter agreed to plead guilty to one count of distribution of fentanyl on Oct. 27. The case against Pettit remains pending.

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