A Los Angeles federal grand jury indicted three men for drug possession and distribution in the death of rapper Mac Miller. The men, residents of West Hollywood, Westwood and Lake Havasu, AZ face charges of conspiring to distribute controlled substances resulting in death and distribution of fentanyl resulting in death. One of the men also faces charges of being a felon in possession of ammunition.
Prosecutors allege that the three men provided Malcolm McCormick, whose stage name was Mac Miller, with fentanyl-laced narcotics. The distribution took place two days prior to McCormick’s death on September 7, 2018. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office listed McCormick’s official cause of death as “mixed drug toxicity.” The entertainer reportedly had cocaine, fentanyl and alcohol in his system at the time of his death.
Investigators allege that one of the men agreed to provide McCormick with 10 oxycodone pills, cocaine and Xanax. Instead of providing unadulterated oxycodone, the man provided counterfeit oxycodone laced with fentanyl. One of the other indicted men provided the counterfeit pills and the other delivered them to the third man, who sold them to McCormick. Investigators also said that another unindicted individual provided McCormick with additional drugs prior to his death, but the additional drugs did not contain fentanyl.
Following McCormick’s death, the supplier continued to provide the fentanyl-laced drugs to McCormick’s dealer. Police also said that the delivery man warned another individual about police undercover informants following McCormick’s death.
If convicted on the drug charges, the men face a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years, and could receive life sentences. The weapons charge could also add 10 years to one man’s sentence.
Los Angeles Drug Possession Lawyer
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While there is such a thing as “simple drug possession,” drug possession laws are not simple! As this case demonstrates, the law can hold you responsible for the death of someone if you provided them with illicit drugs.
Your best defense in this case is to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Don’t settle for less than the best when your freedom is at stake. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County drug possession case.
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