NBC News is reporting that a male was charged in connection with the death of hip-hop artist Mac Miller who died from a drug overdose on September 7, 2018. Miller was 26 at the time of his death. A federal criminal complaint was filed in the Central District of California against 29-year-old Cameron James Pettit.
The complaint alleges Pettit provided Miller with fake oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl. Miller’s untimely death was determined to be accidental. Alcohol, cocaine, and fentanyl were found in his system.
It is believed that Pettit supplied Miller with the fake pills which had fentanyl, cocaine, and Xanax. Miller may have snorted the counterfeit pills, as indicated by a DEA statement. The agency is focusing on dealers that are trafficking fentanyl which has contributed to the deadly opioid epidemic. Drugs that are being laced with fentanyl are on the rise and are being regularly and increasingly found on the streets.
Drug Distribution and Sale In California
The possession for sale and transportation activities with the intent to sell constitute felony drug possession charges in California. The standards for possession for sale are imprecise at best. Any amount of an illegal substance you have in your possession that you had intent to sell can be included in the felony charge. Standards for transportation to sell are similar to possession to sell with the added component that you are hauling or delivering the substance for sale. Should you be arrested and charged you are looking at up to 4 years in prison and you may face a fine of up to $20,000.
Proving intent to sell can include a variety of supporting and incriminating evidence such as:
- Possession of associated drug paraphernalia such as scales, baggies, and twist ties which are related to selling activities
- The amount you have in your possession, larger quantities increase the assumptions of selling
- Testimony from civilians, witnesses, or informants
An experienced Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer will know how to mount a strong defense for you after you have been arrested. One of these legal professionals could attempt to prove that you were not intending to sell but only having illegal substances on you for your own personal use. A qualified defender could also potentially reduce your charges to a misdemeanor. The other popular defense strategy would be to assess your situation for grounds to base an argument that an illegal search was conducted.
Enlisting the Support of a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer
The Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys at the Manshoory Law Group, APC can examine your case and provide you with feasible options for your defense during a free consultation. Our Southern California drug crime attorneys are well respected in the local community for our proven track record of success. We have strong relationships and familiarity with the judges and officers in the community and these connections are just as important as our knowledge of criminal law. We care about your best interests and understand how to strategically position you in the best light for obtaining the most favorable outcome.
Call us today to obtain critical legal representation from one of our resourceful Southern California criminal defense lawyers at 877-977-7750.