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Law enforcement sources dispute warrant's claims of heroin being found at Jackson's home [Updated]

August 27, 2009 |  3:25 pm

Michaeljackson Tar heroin and marijuana were found in Michael Jackson’s house, according to newly released search warrants.

[Updated 3:40 p.m.: But two sources familiar with the investigation told The Times that authorities tested the substance believed to be heroin and the tests came back negative.

The sources -- who spoke on the condition that they not be named because it was an ongoing investigation -- also said that heroin was not present in Jackson’s system. 

It is unclear how the heroin reference made it into the warrant, which was issued last week.]

The search warrant claimed that the "heroin" was found in his bedroom, an area that authorities said in the court papers was off-limits to anyone but Jackson and his children. The marijuana was found later in an unspecified area of the house.

According to the search warrant, written by LAPD Det. Orlando Martinez, family members found the heroin after Jackson's death and alerted the coroner's office. Authorities then searched the house and found two baggies of marijuana, according to the court papers.

According to earlier court papers, Jackson died of a lethal dose of propofol, an anesthetic. His doctor, Conrad Murray, told detectives in an interview that he gave Jackson a small dose of the drug soon before he died June 25.

The Los Angeles Police Department's probe into Jackson's death is looking at whether others should face criminal charges.

--Harriet Ryan

Photo: Michael Jackson in 2005.

Credit: Michael A. Mariant / Associated Press