Though the report turned out to be false, police searched [artist id="1102"]Michael Jackson[/artist]'s rented Los Angeles-area home the day after the singer died based on a tip from unnamed members of the singer's family, who said they'd found what they thought was a bag of heroin in his bedroom.
The substance tested negative for heroin, but The Associated Press reports that the search did turn up several other drugs, including two bags of marijuana. It is unknown whom the pot belonged to, but the information — which came in an affidavit supporting a search warrant that was executed on June 26 — reveals that police combed through the rented Bel Air mansion three days earlier than any previously reported search.
The search warrant was one of two unsealed on Thursday at the request of media outlets, though a judge ordered two others to remain sealed. The AP reported that the warrants give an indication of how the police were directing their investigation into what killed the 50-year-old singer, noting that the one served on the Bel Air mansion on June 26 listed "PC 187," the California penal code for murder, in the box labeled "probable crime."
In addition to the marijuana, the search turned up the generic form of Valium, 12 bottles of the sedative/insomnia drug temazepam and several other prescription drugs and empty medication vials, with a detective noting that Jackson's body showed signs of injections. The Los Angeles Times reports that no signs of marijuana or other illegal drugs were found in Jackson's system in lab tests. The alleged tar heroin family members alerted police to in Jackson's master bedroom turned out to be moldy marijuana, but the discovery prompted officials to obtain a search warrant for Jackson's house for heroin, hypodermic needles, cutting agents, scales, balloons, condoms, razor blades, buyer lists, seller lists and other items associated with illicit drugs, the paper reports.
No one has been charged in Jackson's death, though his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, is reportedly at the center of a manslaughter investigation looking into drugs he may have prescribed or administered to Jackson. Murray's lawyer has denied he administered or supplied anything that "should have" killed the singer, though Murray reportedly told police that he gave Jackson a series of sedatives and anesthetics in the hours before his death to combat the pop star's chronic insomnia.
According to the affidavit, a search warrant for Murray's car turned up some documents but no additional drugs. It also states that the doctor spoke to detectives in the hospital after Jackson's death but only gave a brief summary of what happened and left the hospital despite detectives' objections.