August 11th, 2009
05:47 PM ET

Police search Las Vegas pharmacy in Jackson case

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/08/11/jackson.search/art.jackson.dancing.gi.jpg caption="A Las Vegas pharmacy was searched Tuesday in connection with Michael Jackson's death."]


Police executed a search warrant at a Las Vegas pharmacy Tuesday morning in connection with the investigation into Michael Jackson's death, a source familiar with the investigation told CNN.

More than a dozen law enforcement officers, including federal drug agents, were seen inside Applied Pharmacy on Flamingo Road in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The warrant is part of the follow-up to searches of the home and clinic of Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson's personal doctor, last month in Las Vegas, the source said. The source asked not to be named because the individual was not authorized to speak to the news media.

The warrants used for those earlier searches - which were filed in a Clark County, Nevada court - imply that investigators looking into Jackson's death believe the singer was a drug addict.

The warrants, signed by District Judge Timothy Williams and given to CNN by Las Vegas affiliate KTNV, say that "there is probable cause to believe" that the searches would uncover evidence at Murray's home and office of excessive prescribing, prescribing to an addict, prescribing to or treating an addict and manslaughter.

They cite "probable cause to believe" that the premises contained "records, shipping orders, distribution lists, use records relating to the purchase, transfer ordering, delivery and storage of propofol (Diprivan)."

A source told CNN last month that Murray, a Texas-based cardiologist, allegedly gave Jackson the anesthetic propofol - commonly known by the brand name Diprivan - in the 24 hours before he died.


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  1. Bella

    I'm sure Doctors helped Michael Jackson become addicted to painkillers. Are there ethics involved in this? No just $$$.
    This Dr was responsible for MJ and he failed miserably.

    One thing I would like to see change with these newscasts! Please stop showing footage of MJ walking into court and in so much pain!! We all know that whole deal was a plan for $$! Please! Show him dancing, anything but in pain. There are millions of people that know about the lies of the trial and such and we want to keep Michaels soul in the white light. Give him a break, he is gone but not forgotten.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:50 am |
  2. Joanne

    I know 110% what killed Michael Jackson,because I am living as he lived. Pills and an addicts way of life-solve it thru pharmaveuticals.
    Instead of treating thr problem, our healthcare system prefers to mask symptoms with pharmaceuticals. Pills, pills and more pharmacological concoctions to remedy, or coverup every kind of malady, until the person no longer complains. MJ's physician sold his soul and better judgement for money, money MJ was willing to pay and probably dangled out tthere to get whatever he wanted- A remedy for sleep, A remedy for pain, a remedy for his shyness. I doubt he became an addict intentionally-nobody ever does- rather, our healthcare system and physicians push every type of pill, prescription and substance instead of treat the patient the old fashioned way, with knowledge, pushing for a change in habits, timely followup and thorough examination, history, testing, films, and other more effective modalities the insurance industry deems "Too costly" and "too Timeconsuming". MJ sadly was a victim of greed and carelessness. His doctors cared more about what MJ wanted to treat himself, versus offfering safer, effective remedies for his medical ailments. Any physician that caters to the "wants" versus the "needs" for money, deserves to have the harshest punishment befall him under the law..

    August 12, 2009 at 2:13 am |
  3. drew

    jackson paid his doctor to give him what he wanted. i fault the entire us health system for allowing a private individual to hire a personal doctor. in doing so ther is no accountability. further, im certain jackson would not have wanted his doctor to be punished by law for doing what was asked of him. 150,000.00per month, tell me who would consider doing the same

    August 12, 2009 at 1:47 am |
  4. eve

    Apparently its more involved in the
    Murder of Michael Jackson and more will
    Be found out. The investigation seems
    To be steady and firm in finding out what
    Actually happened to Michael Jackson.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:40 am |
  5. Joshua Solomon

    I think u should nt blame the doc, becus he was just doing wht was demanded of him 2 keep micheal alife. Micheal is already dead now. So we hav 2 move on and look 4 ways 2 protect the living.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:18 am |
  6. Tonya

    AC Tonya Dr.Drugdealer should go to jail for the rest of his life.To be so greedy for money and not take care of your patient is very self-centered.God gave him a talent to help people not hurt them.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:50 am |
  7. carol kesling

    @ annie kate,its one thing to release the results,but it is another for it to be the truth !!!

    August 12, 2009 at 12:28 am |
  8. carol kesling

    @archie, i could not have said better..but i would rather they not rush to judgement and be very sure... remember the O.J. case???and michael was as trusting and innocent as they come ... i still miss him so much and still cry all the time!!!! how can this be that he is no longer with us???

    August 12, 2009 at 12:26 am |
  9. michelle

    i agree there is people coming out of the wood work trying 2 bring michaels name 2 mud really people leave the poor guy alone and r.i.p.
    his kids will see all this 1 day how r they gonna feel?
    who cares if he liked men (i dont beleave that but) who cares?
    those 3 children r his no matter what he raised them 4 what 7,11,and 12 years no 1 came saying im the father or might b the dad think of the kids
    they just lost the most important person in there life think......about what ur saying and doing
    michaels daughter said it best
    please leave his family alone let him rest in peace and let his children mourn their fathers death

    August 11, 2009 at 11:48 pm |
  10. sara

    i think it is ridiculous that there is still a michael jackson investigation going on..

    for real? move on. he died. he was buried. end of story.
    it doesnt matter. michael was the one who took the drugs.
    it is michael's fault that michael is dead

    August 11, 2009 at 11:35 pm |
  11. Anne

    the media killed MJ. He was totally innocent in 2003 but the media convicted him which turned people against him. He never recovered from this and became dependent on drugs. He was desperately trying to redeem himself with the public with his This Is It concert when he died because his internal pressure on himself to succeed was too much. I will never understand how the public allowed such extortion to destroy such a creative sensitive genius simply because they could not understand that he was psychologically a child himself.

    August 11, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  12. Claudia Scott

    I'd like to say that Legal Analyst Lisa Bloom sounded like a nut on air this evening with her interpretation of the police investigating the pharmacy in Las Vegas and what that implies.

    Also what is it going to take for an arrest to be made of Dr. Murray and all those who are in someway of supporting Mr. Jackson with prescription drugs. Dr. Murray has already stated that he gave the drug to Mr. Jackson more than once. His lawyer must really have connections.

    There are people sitting in jail tonight just on word of mouth of some wrong doing, and here a doctor has admitted that he administered the drug. Sounds like we are dealing with a bunch of ignoramous', also this is being dragged out for the media, and because of money.

    August 11, 2009 at 11:05 pm |
  13. Corinne

    To Mrs. Jackson and her JW daughter
    I am also a JW and my heart deeply goes out to you...But I know in Jehovah's kindness MJ has a chance for a resurrection and you will be happy to see him again....Let Jehovah be with you in your mourning...you know he will...love your sister

    August 11, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  14. Terry, TX

    Celebrity junkie dead....enough already....law enforcement will do what they have to do.....No One Cares. Either way it goes....Michael Jackson in the one to blame for his death....people will go down for it...but Jackson was the junkie buying from the pusher. Nobody cares.

    August 11, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  15. Corinne

    I really don't understand this entire situation....This is a cardiac doctor who must know the new rules on CPR...He must have seen MJ high at some point and certainly before administering the fatal drug, tested his blood for interactions with other drugs....after all he spent the night with michael often....The docs in CA are too eager for money and will do anything for a buck or make a name for themselves...I guess this doc decided to make the wrong name and was in debt up to his neck.....Life is certainly more than a docs meds....and I guess money can buy anything these days...oh for the days of the 50's when life was easy and kids weren't stolen and rock stars weren't killed....people had morals then...but the Bible says they will go away...Michael is responsible but no doubt so are his addictive perscribing pharmancies and mostly doctors....That is why they take the hypocratic oath...cuz they are hypocrites....C

    August 11, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  16. Sabrina In Los Angeles

    Truth will come out eventually and if Las Vegas is where the junk is coming from...it is time to straighten up....2 million people live there now.

    August 11, 2009 at 8:28 pm |
  17. michelle

    i think this doctor should be arrested, the kind so irresponsibility he showed towards michael is sickening and any other doctor and enablers should be prosecuted. this is all so tragic. people will do ANYTHING for money

    August 11, 2009 at 8:25 pm |
  18. Michelle Kilcher

    This is just the tip of the iceberg-think intercontinental polypharmacy .

    August 11, 2009 at 7:47 pm |
  19. Archie

    Because of strong circumstantial evidence implying unethical practice and malicious intend against Dr. Murray, the people and court ought to charge. prosecute and find Dr. Murray "guilty" of "manslaughter" resulting in 'MJ death. Base-on poor judgment and endangering the life of a known "addict" is very unbecoming of a doctor. This is a blow to the medical profession and need to be curb of other enablers responsible for the early deaths of "incoherent" patients and continuing practice of putting at high risk innocent lives for profits!

    August 11, 2009 at 7:42 pm |
  20. Josh Trump

    I think that its ridiculous if it turns out MJ was a drug addict that we drag his name through the mud. What will that accomplish, what will it do to his children, his legacy and family. I think we should let him rest in peace.

    August 11, 2009 at 7:37 pm |
  21. Michelle

    This is just the tip of the iceberg-think intercontinental polypharmacy.

    August 11, 2009 at 7:34 pm |
  22. Robert

    Doctor should be arrest

    August 11, 2009 at 7:27 pm |
  23. MyBijou

    Dr Murry really should be ashamed of him self for letting his Greed , stand in the way of better judgement , having cared so little for the well being of Michael Jackson he should have been putting Michael JACKSONS well being first. and trying to help him Michael jackson would still be alive had just one person in his life gave a dame RIP Michael

    August 11, 2009 at 7:06 pm |
  24. Annie Kate

    Has the LAPD estimated how long it will be before they can release the results of the autopsy and cause of death? Its been almost 2 months since MJ died – surely by now they have a good idea of what happened.

    August 11, 2009 at 6:07 pm |