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Trio charged over drugs used by Mac Miller


Rapper Mac Miller performs on his Space Migration Tour in Philadelphia.(Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)

Three men arrested during the investigation into US rapper Mac Miller's deadly overdose last year have now been charged with providing the drugs that killed him.

A grand jury indictment that was unsealed in Los Angeles accuses the men of conspiring and distributing cocaine and oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl that caused Miller's death in September 2018.

Cameron Pettit, Stephen Walter and Ryan Reavis were previously charged with drug-related offences.

Wednesday's charges add the allegation that their drugs led to Miller's death.

All have been arrested in recent weeks and remain in custody.

Miller, 26, died of an accidental overdose of the powerful opioid fentanyl, along with cocaine and alcohol.

Fentanyl has contributed to an epidemic of opioid abuse in the US that has claimed thousands of lives, including those of other musicians, like Prince.

The men face a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in federal prison and the potential for life without parole if convicted of either of the charges related to Miller's death.

The indictment alleges the men continued to distribute drugs through August 2019.

© AP 2019