Drug supplier in Mac Miller case denies knowing pills contained fentanyl
“I didn’t know what was in them. I didn’t know, like, fentanyl was in it”
One of the accused drug suppliers involved in the case linked to Mac Miller’s death has denied knowing that the pills supplied to the rapper contained the deadly substance, fentanyl.
Stephen Walter is charged with supplying Mac Miller oxycodone pills - a strong medical painkiller - laced with the lethal substance just over three years ago, which led to the rapper’s death on September 7, 2018.
Three men are involved in the case, and are now appearing in front of the court in Los Angeles. The trial date was set in June for Cameron Pettit, Stephen Walter and Ryan Reavis, who are accused with supplying Mac Miller with the pills.
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“I was charged with selling blue pills, little blue counterfeit oxycontin pills… and I didn’t know what was in them. I didn’t know, like, fentanyl was in it. But I do say, yes, that I aided and abetted the transaction,” Stephen Walter told the judge.
Miller was found dead after overdosing on fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol. Despite pleading guilty to supplying the rapper with the pills, Walter asserts that he never knew they contained the lethal substance. “I never met [Miller] before. I only talked to Cameron,” he argued.
“I didn’t know what his intentions were with the pills. After he saw Ryan Reavis, I didn’t know what he was going to do with them.”
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Reavis’ defence argues that the rapper “would not have died from an overdose but for the fentanyl contained in the pills that [Miller] had received from Pettit on September 4, 2018”.
Both Walter and Reavis could face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty. The court will sentence the men in April 2022.
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