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3 search warrants executed in Michael Jackson investigation

July 5, 2009 |  3:40 pm

LAPD detectives have executed at least three search warrants in their attempt to determine whether prescription medication played a role in Michael Jackson's death. 

Sources familiar with the investigation told the Times that the warrants were part of an effort to reconstruct the performer's medical history, a task made difficult by the number of physicians who  treated Jackson over the years. 

At least five physicians who prescribed medication to him are under investigation, sources have told The Times. The searches by detectives of the Robbery-Homicide Division were dated Wednesday, indicating they had been completed in the week after his death. 

A Superior Court spokesman confirmed that Judge Charlaine Olmedo signed off on three searches, but said information about what detectives were looking for and whether they found it was sealed from public view.

"Everything about them is sealed, but they do exist," spokesman Allan Parachini said. 

Police seized prescription drugs from Jackson's rented Holmby Hills home June 25, the day he died, and returned four days later and retrieved two bags of medical evidence. 

It remains unknown whether prescription drugs played any role in Jackson's death. The Los Angeles County coroner's office is awaiting the results of toxicology testing before determining a cause of death.

The coroner and the Los Angeles Police Department are being aided in their probe by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

One source told The Times that "numerous bottles" of the powerful sedative Diprivan were found at Jackson's home. The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because it is an ongoing investigation, said some of the bottles were full and others were empty. None had prescription labels, and investigators are trying to determine how Jackson got the drugs.

 -- Harriet Ryan, Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein

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