One of the three dealers in the fatal fentanyl poisoning, which claimed the life of Mac Miller, was sentenced to almost 11 years behind bars this Monday (April 18). In the report by Rolling Stone, 39-year-old Ryan Michael Reavis was in Los Angeles federal court and acknowledged he was the middleman who sold counterfeit oxycodone pills for another dealer who was then fatally wounded by Miller in September 2018. But Reavis had zero knowledge that there was fentanyl. Finally, Mac Miller’s drug dealer gets 11 years, and his family has justice.
Mac Miller’s Mom Speaks Out
While Reavis had hoped for only five years, and prosecutors wanted 12.5 months, U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright II agreed to the 39-year-old’s 11-month sentence, following an emotional letter from Miller’s mother, Karen Meyers.
“My life went dark the moment Malcolm left his world,” Meyer’s declaration was read out in part. “Malcolm was my friend who was more than simply a son. We shared a bond, a friendship that was strong and unique, and irreplaceable. We would talk almost every day about his plans, life, dreams, music, dreams […] He wouldn’t ever take a medication with the drug fentanyl. Yet, he lived his live optimistic about the future. The gap in my soul will remain there forever.”
Before his sentence, he claimed he was “unaware” the pills provided caused Miller’s death up until his arrest in Arizona the following year.
Mac Miller’s Drug Deal Speaks Out
“This is not just a regular drug case,” he said to the court. “Somebody was killed, and the family will never return their son. The family I have would surely be devastated if it was me. They’d never get over it ever again, and they’d never really get over it. I think about it constantly. I believe that whatever happens, I’m lucky because my family is there, and I’m here. I’ll be back with them. I feel terrible. This isn’t my personality. My perception has changed. My heart has changed.”
In addition, Prosecutors have said that Reavis owned three guns with him at the time of his arrest within Lake Havasu. Also, including a non-traceable “ghost gun” and ammunition boxes, “digital scales covered in heroin and methamphetamine residue,” blank prescription pads, and bags. A text from 2019 also showed that he continued to sell drugs even after Miller died in the full knowledge that there was a problem with fentanyl.
It read, “People have been dying from fake blues left and right, you better believe law enforcement is using informants and undercover[s] to buy them on the street so they can start putting people in prison for life for selling fake pills.”
U.S. Attorney Speaks Out
Assistant U.S. Attorney Elia Herrera said to that Judge Otis, “Defendant knew that people were dying of fake blues, left and right. Dealing with these fake blues, is putting people away for life. He was well aware of that. But the defendant was not concerned about the death of people every day. His only concern was getting caught.”
Alongside the lengthy prison sentence, Reavis was granted three years of supervised release, which included the possibility of drug testing. In October, Stephen Andrew Walter, 48, signed a plea agreement that included a prison sentence of 17 years after pleading guilty to providing the fentanyl-laced pills to Reavis. The case of co-defendant Cameron James Pettit is being resolved. Pettit is accused by the feds of agreeing to provide Miller, the alleged victim, with 10 fentanyl-laced Oxycodone pills along with cocaine as well as the sedative Xanax, which ultimately led to his death. Finally in the end, Mac Miller’s drug dealer gets 11 years and his family gets justice.