DEA agents, the LAPD and Las Vegas police are executing search warrants on the Las Vegas home and office of Michael Jackson’s personal doctor, Conrad Murray.
Officials raided Dr. Murray’s gated community and his office, Global Cardiovascular Associates today. His Houston office was similarly searched last week.
This marks the latest development in a month-long manslaughter investigation that places Murray at the center of the mystery surrounding Jackson’s death.
Law enforcement officials believe Murray gave Jackson Propofol, a powerful anesthesia, hours before his death. Reports say he admitted as much in interviews.
Dr. Murray's lawyer, Edward Chernoff, has said only that the doctor "didn't prescribe or administer anything that should have killed Michael Jackson."
The investigative team heading the probe into Jackson’s death are conducting interviews with physicians and personnel at medical facilities in Las Vegas.
Like last week, the warrants issued today permit the authorities to search for "property or items constituting evidence of the offense of manslaughter that tend to show that Dr. Conrad Murray committed the said criminal offense."
Toxicology reports are still pending, but investigators are working under the assumption that Propofol caused Jackson's heart to stop, officials believe.
A search warrant was granted based on preliminary toxicology reports that indicate that Propofol contributed to the death of the King of Pop on June 25.
Michael Jackson is believed to have been using the drug for about two years and investigators are trying to determine how many other doctors administered it.
An AP source says Jackson relied on Propofol "like an alarm clock." A doctor would administer it when MJ went to sleep, then stop it when he wanted to get up.
Authorities also raided a storage unit belonging to Murray in Houston, where two unnamed women were seen removing files shortly after Jackson passed away.
Police say Dr. Conrad Murray is cooperating and is not a suspect.
Murray became Michael Jackson's personal physician in May and was to set to accompany the superstar to London for a series of concerts starting this July.
He was staying with Jackson in the L.A. mansion and, according to Chernoff, "happened to find" an unconscious Jackson in the pop star's bedroom June 25.
Though police say he was dead when paramedics arrived, Murray tried to revive him by compressing his chest with one hand while supporting his back.
Police found Propofol and other drugs in Jackson's home. An IV line and three oxygen tanks were in the room. Murray also kept a secret drug stash.
Using Propofol to sleep exceeds the drug's purpose, as it can depress breathing and lower heart rates and blood pressure. Because of the risks, Propofol is supposed to be administered only in medical settings by trained personnel.