Drug agents raid Jackson doctor for second time

Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:35pm EDT
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LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Police seized cell phones and a computer hard drive from the Las Vegas home and office of Michael Jackson's personal physician on Tuesday as the probe into the pop star's sudden death focused increasingly on the doctor who was at his side when he died.

It was the second raid on Dr. Conrad Murray's offices in less than a week as officials seek evidence into the cause of the "Thriller" singer's death of cardiac arrest on June 25.

Murray's lawyer, Ed Chernoff, said after the first raid in Houston last week that police and Drug Enforcement Administration agents were looking for "evidence of the offense of manslaughter."

On Tuesday, Chernoff said authorities in the Las Vegas raid were looking for "medical records relating to Michael Jackson and all of his reported aliases."

Chernoff said in a statement that Murray was present during the four-hour search of his house "and assisted officers. Investigators left Dr. Murray's home ... seizing cell phones and a computer hard drive."

Authorities appear to be focusing their efforts on Jackson's use of prescription drugs, particularly the anesthetic propofol, and Murray's possible involvement in providing it.

Media reports have said Jackson used numerous aliases over the years to get hold of a range of powerful prescription drugs.

Drug Enforcement Administration officials said they were looking for documents at Murray's Las Vegas house and office but declined to be more specific.

Last week's search at Murray's office in Houston yielded information from a computer hard drive, billing and medical records, vials of medication, a Rolodex card and other objects, according to court documents cited in media reports.   Continued...

<p>A pedestrian passes by a Las Vegas Metro Police patrol car at Westland Plaza, a medical office building that includes the Las Vegas offices of Michael Jackson's personal doctor Conrad Murray, July 28, 2009. Authorities entered the medical office as part of a manslaughter investigation into Michael Jackson's death. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus</p>