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Michael Jackson's death: No information on Demerol use, LAPD detective says

June 26, 2009 | 12:05 pm

The top Los Angeles Police Department official on the Michael Jackson case says police so far have no information that Jackson was injected with Demerol or other painkillers -- an allegation that has been widely reported in Britain and the United States.

Claims that Jackson collapsed after an injection of painkillers "are coming from outside the investigation," said Lt. Gregg Strenk, head of the LAPD's Homicide Special Section 1, which is assigned to the Jackson case.

Strenk confirmed that his detectives were searching for Jackson's physician, standard procedure when investigating a death of unknown causes. Law enforcement sources have identified the physician as Conrad Murray.

The doctor, Strenk said, would be questioned about Jackson's medical condition and any treatment the physician was administering. He would also be asked to sign the death certificate if it were determined that the death was related to some condition for which he had been treating Jackson.

Strenk said detectives were not searching for anyone else in relation to Jackson's death.

--Joel Rubin

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