One Year after his overdose, Mac Miller's loved ones may finally see justice
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About a year after the untimely death of famous rapper, Mac Miller, the police have finally arrested and charged Cameron James Pettit for allegedly distributing counterfeit oxycodone pills to Miller days before his overdose. The rapper died early on September 7th, 2018 due to a mixture of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol. In a recent statement, U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna said that, “Fentanyl disguised as a genuine pharmaceutical is a killer…drugs laced with cheap and potent fentanyl are increasingly common, and we owe it to the victims and their families to aggressively target the drug dealers that cause these overdose deaths.”
Pettit made his first federal court appearance earlier this month in downtown Los Angeles. He was ordered detained without bail pending trial and was given an October 11 arraignment date. If he is convicted of the drug trafficking charge alleged in the complaint, Pettit will face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison. It is unknown if police will be adding charges for the role he played in the death of Mac Miller. Millers father recently put out a statement about the arrest of Pettit, stating, “So they finally caught the motherf-cker that sold him the drugs that killed him…all it takes is a stone-a little tiny stone of fentanyl and cocaine-and you’re dead…the one thing I would say to you is: don’t take the risk, it’s just not worth it.”
While it is important for law enforcement to take steps toward ending the trafficking of dangerous narcotics, like fentanyl, the fact that Mac Millers drug dealer is being brought to justice can feel like a slight towards families who have lost a loved one to drug overdose with no justice. Whether you are in recovery or not, addiction has most likely touched your life in some way. Lately the way it is touching people’s lives is through accidental overdose death. It could be at the hand of counterfeit pills or cocaine and heroin contaminated with fentanyl, regardless of the drug, the outcome for many has been the same. An untimely death. A friend, sister, brother, mom, dad, aunt or uncle, gone too soon. Where is their justice? It is great the police have pursued the man who played a part in Miller’s death, this should be common practice across the board. Regardless of socioeconomic standing, regardless of the background or stature of the person who overdosed, we should be fighting for their justice. This is something all people, all families, deserve. Mac Miller is one of tens of thousands of people who lost their life to drug overdose last year. His drug dealer is one of thousands of people selling drugs laced with fentanyl. Justice for one, in this case, does not mean justice for all. To make an impact we must start somewhere, with someone, and I am not taking that away from LAPD and their efforts in apprehending Mac Millers drug dealer- however this epidemic has only gotten worse in the past five years, and thousands more deserve justice. We say that addiction doesn’t discriminate, so why should justice?
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