In a search for information about the reported multiple aliases used by [artist id="1102"]Michael Jackson[/artist] to obtain prescription drugs, police seized hard drives and cell phones on Tuesday during searches of the Las Vegas home and medical offices of cardiologist Dr. Conrad Murray , the personal physician who was with the singer when he died last month.
“We can verify that at approximately 8 a.m., officers from DEA, LAPD and various local agencies began executing a search warrant at Dr. Conrad Murray’s Las Vegas home and office,” read a statement from Murray’s lawyer, Edward Chernoff. “The search warrant authorized investigators to look for medical records relating to Michael Jackson and all of his reported aliases. Dr. Murray was present during the search of his home and assisted the officers. Investigators left Dr. Murray’s home around 12 noon, seizing cell phones and a computer hard drive.”
According to CNN, the search of Murray’s Las Vegas medical offices, Global Cardiovascular Associates, took quite a bit longer than Chernoff’s statement indicated, stretching eight hours as officials from the DEA, Las Vegas Metro Police Department and Los Angeles Police Department searched for any information about the 19 aliases the singer allegedly used to obtain prescription drugs.
Murray is reportedly the target of a manslaughter investigation into Jackson’s June 25 death, and Tuesday’s searches follow last week’s similar raids on Murray’s Houston medical offices and a storage locker, from which police took a variety of evidence, including medical records, billing records, medication orders and e-mails.
The doctor was at home and reportedly cooperated fully with investigators as they combed his million-dollar home in the upscale Red Rock Country Club Vegas neighborhood.
Investigators believe that Murray administered a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic Propofol to Jackson, who is reported to have used the surgical drug as a sleep aid to combat chronic insomnia. The Los Angeles Times, citing an unnamed source close to the investigation, reported that investigators are hoping that the cell phones and phone records seized in the previous raid will help create a timeline about the calls Murray placed around the time of Jackson’s death.
Among the questions detectives are trying to puzzle out is how long it took Murray to call 911 in light of a comment by the doctor’s attorney that nearly 30 minutes passed before paramedics arrived because Murray had difficulty finding a security guard in Jackson’s rented home, could not find the address for the mansion and was unable to find a land line.
The search warrants executed on Tuesday were reportedly a result of concerns by investigators that Murray had not turned over all of Jackson’s records. The paper reported that one week after the singer’s death, Murray complied with requests to turn over files related to his treatment of Jackson in Las Vegas, but Tuesday’s warrants sought a wider range of information, including all records pertaining to Jackson and the19 aliases he reportedly used to conceal his identity.
According to the affidavit used to obtain the warrant, investigators were specifically looking for prescriptions “administered, prescribed, obtained, transferred, sold, distributed, and/or concealed” to Jackson, or to his various pseudonyms, which were said to include Omar Arnold, Paul Farance, Bryan Singleton, Jack London, Michael Amir Williams Muhammad, Jimmy Nicholas, Blanca Nicholas, Roselyn Muhammad, Faheem Muhammad, Frank Tyson, Fernand Diaz, Peter Madonie, Josephine Baker and Kai Chase. Among the other aliases Jackson is alleged to have used is that of his 12-year-old son, Prince Michael Jackson. It is a felony to prescribe drugs using fake names.