LOS ANGELES – A Koreatown man is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon after being arrested Saturday on federal charges alleging he worked with a Hollywood woman who ran a drug-delivery operation that in one incident sold counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl that resulted in a fatal opioid overdose.
Mucktarr Kather Sei, 36, whose stage name is Kather Sei, was charged in a federal grand jury indictment returned February 24. The indictment alleges that Sei delivered fentanyl-laced pills that led to the death of a Beverly Hills man in late 2020.
The second defendant in this case who allegedly orchestrated the drug-delivery service – Mirela Todorova, also known as “Mimi,” 33, of Hollywood – is currently being held without bond after being charged last year for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and MDMA (commonly called ecstasy). Todorova – who holds United States, Bulgarian, and Canadian citizenship – also is scheduled to appear in court this afternoon for a status conference in her case.
Todorova and Sei are charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances resulting in death, and one count of distribution of fentanyl resulting in death. The four-count superseding indictment filed last week also charges Todorova with the two previously alleged drug counts stemming from the seizure of cocaine and MDMA at her residence in March 2021.
According to the indictment, Todorova provided cellphones and narcotics – including counterfeit oxycodone pills that contained fentanyl – to Sei and other drivers to facilitate the delivery of drugs to customers across Los Angeles County and elsewhere. Todorova also delivered drugs herself and gave Sei keys to her Hollywood apartment so Sei could access drugs when Todorova visited Mexico, where she continued to manage her drug operation while tending to her pet jaguar, “Princess.”
On November 15 and 16, 2020, after a 37-year-old man placed orders for oxycodone pills to Todorova’s phone number, Sei allegedly delivered pills laced with fentanyl that caused the man’s fatal overdose in his Beverly Hills home. As part of that transaction, Sei called the man from a phone that Todorova provided to facilitate drug sales, the indictment alleges.
Before and after the fatal overdose, other drug customers raised concerns about the authenticity and safety of the oxycodone pills that Todorova and Sei allegedly distributed. Several weeks before the death of the drug customer in Beverly Hills, according to the indictment, another customer texted Todorova, “Yo mimi the oxys are dirty.”
To facilitate drug payments, Todorova gave Sei and her other drug delivery drivers her electronic payment usernames such as “$clubmimi,” “@clubmimi,” “@mimiclub,” and firstname.lastname@example.org.
An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The charges of conspiracy to distribute drugs and drug distribution resulting in death carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in federal prison and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
Assistant United States Attorneys Patrick Castañeda and Jason C. Pang of the International Narcotics, Money Laundering, and Racketeering Section are prosecuting this case.
This case is the result of an investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Overdose Justice Task Force, which was created to address opioid-related deaths in the greater Los Angeles area, most of which are caused by the synthetic opioid fentanyl. Under the Overdose Justice program for the DEA’s Los Angeles Field Division, DEA agents collaborate with local law enforcement to analyze evidence to determine if there are circumstances that might lead to a federal criminal prosecution, and, if so, proactively target the drug trafficker.