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Agents raid pharmacy in Jackson probe

August 11, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Authorities are raiding a Las Vegas pharmacy in connection with the death of Michael Jackson.They believe Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, may have obtained prescriptions for the singer there.

DEA agents and Los Angeles and Las Vegas police served a search warrant and a notice of inspection at Applied Pharmacy Services Tuesday morning.

DEA officials say they're looking for records of controlled substances.

"This is the ongoing investigation that we're assisting DEA L.A. and LAPD," said Mike Flanagan, Drug Enforcement Administration.

One law enforcement official told the Associated Press, that Applied Pharmacy Services was where Jackson's personal physician, Conrad Murray, purchased the anesthetic Propofol. The transaction was perfectly legal, but investigators want to know about amounts. They also want records involving other drugs that could have lead to the death of Michael Jackson.

An administrative audit will detect how much Murray ordered, for which patients and whether the meds were prescribed using false names.

Meantime, Michael Jackson's death is creating more turmoil for AEG Live. The company lost 50 concerts.

Jay Dougherty is a specialist in entertainment law at Loyola Law School. He says there is urgency to launch Jackson products.

Sony Pictures has approval to produce a film using 80 hours of rehearsal footage, but two other deals remain on the table. Katherine Jackson says she won't sign them until the terms are right. They include an exhibition of Jackson Memorabilia and souvenirs Jackson designed for his concerts.

"There was a large uptick in purchases of Michael's records right after he died," said Dougherty. "My understanding is that that's simmered down a little bit since then."

Meanwhile, a Los Angeles judge has appointed Margaret Lodise Guardian Ad Litem for Jackson's three children. She will represent the financial interests of the children with regards to the singer's estate.

The Jackson children are named as 40 percent beneficiaries, which is the same as their grandmother and guardian Katherine Jackson.

The court-appointed attorney will ensure they aren't steered into a deal that could hurt them in the long run.

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