AN third man was arrested and charged with drug offenses in connection with rapper Mac Miller's overdose death last year.
Court documents show Stephen Walter is suspected of selling counterfeit fentanyl oxycodone tablets that Miller had before he died last September of an accidental overdose of cocaine, alcohol and fentanyl, a powerful opioid that contributes to an epidemic that has already killed. thousands of lives in the US.
Walter is accused of being the source of the pills that another man, Cameron Pettit, sold to Miller. Unsealed court documents on Tuesday said Pettit continued to receive drugs from Walter until August.
Ryan Reavis, who was arrested earlier this week in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, is accused of serving as Walter's "runner" who handed the pills to Pettit.
None of the men were directly accused of Miller's death or presented arguments in their cases.
Walter, who is under supervised supervision in a 2005 drug case, is in custody and has already been sentenced to five months in prison for violating the terms of his release.
Prosecutors responsible for the case, which was reported Thursday by celebrity website TMZ, are asking Walter to remain in custody pending trial, calling him a serious risk of escape.
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Pettit was charged in federal court on September 4 and his lawyer declined to comment. Pettit is scheduled to be prosecuted on October 10.
Miller's rhymes included a frank discussion about his depression and drug use, winning fans among some of hip-hop's biggest names.
The Pittsburgh native, whose real name was Malcolm James Myers McCormick, was also in a two-year relationship with singer Ariana Grande, which ended in early 2018. After his death, she posted an affectionate video of him on her Instagram page. and released a song: "Thanks U Next," who mentioned it fondly.
Miller is among the musicians whose deaths have been linked in recent years to opioid abuse. Prince died in 2016 when he took fake fentanyl pills that looked like a generic version of the Vicodin painkiller.
Matthew Roberts, guitarist for 3 Doors Down, also died of an overdose in 2016 and had fentanyl and hydrocodone in his system.