The drug dealer believed to have been responsible for distributing fentanyl-laced pills that resulted in the death of Mac Miller was sentenced to almost 11 years in prison on Monday according to The Washington Examiner.
Ryan Reavis, 39, pleaded guilty to supplying the counterfeit pharmaceutical pills in November following charges being brought against himself and two co-conspirators who were all charged in connection with Miller’s death.
Miller’s death, which took place four years ago, resulted in the guilty plea of Reavis as well as Stephen Walter, 49 who pleaded guilty in October. The case against Cameron Pettit, 30, is still pending.
“Reavis told federal prosecutors in a plea deal that he knew the pills he was distributing contained fentanyl, a highly addictive drug that can be deadly when combined with other substances,” according to the Examiner.
“However, before he was sentenced Monday, he told the court he was unaware that the pills caused Miller’s death until he was arrested, maintaining he was just a middleman who got caught.”
Reavis had reportedly received the deadly drugs from Walter who gave the pills to Pettit who later gave them to Miller, causing the death of the 26-year-old two days later from what was determined to be an accidental overdose of alcohol, cocaine, and fentanyl.
“This is not just a regular drug case. Somebody died, and a family is never going to get their son back,” Reavis told the court Monday. “My family would be wrecked if it was me.
“They’d never be all right, never truly get over it. I think about that all the time. And I know that whatever happens today, I’m the lucky one because my family is here and I’m here, and I’ll be with them again. I feel terrible. This is not who I am.”
Reavis was still reportedly selling pills almost a year after the rapper’s death, according to the text messages obtained and cited by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elia Herrera.
“Defendant knew that people were dying from fake blues left and right. He knew that people were being put away in prison for life for dealing them,” Herrera said. “Defendant was not worried about people dying left and right. He was worried about getting caught.”