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DEA -- What Were THEY Smoking?!

8/7/2008 9:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Heath ledgerSources connected with the Heath Ledger investigation say the Drug Enforcement Administration set a new low for starf**king.

People who have talked to TMZ off the record are now willing to go on record -- still anonymously -- about one of the most bizarre DEA power grabs ever.

How's this for starters ... no one we've spoken with connected with the case can point to a single DEA case where a massive investigation was launched over an accidental death in which no criminality was even hinted at.

We know the DEA went all over the country, in one case tracking down a guy in California who smoked a joint with Ledger in the '90s, telling him he had to testify in a Grand Jury probe. And how's this for chutzpah ... the DEA told the guy he would have to pay his own way to NYC to testify before the Grand Jury!

In another case, the DEA was nosing around a film set in Arizona looking for people who had information about possible Ledger drug connections.

We know the NYPD was furious at the DEA for making an immediate power grab to control what should have been a simple case. NYPD cops felt "humiliated" by what one source called "utter disrespect" on the part of the DEA.

As for the U.S. Attorney's office, we're told officials say they were appalled at what they felt was a "bogus" investigation. Our sources say the U.S. Attorney finally had enough and shut down the entire investigation -- an investigation the DEA desperately wanted to go before a grand jury.

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s    

What a waste of time and money!

2267 days ago
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JustMyOpinion    

The DEA is a joke. They began the "war on drugs" in the 70s and there are more people than ever doing some kind of drug.
We really need to approach this problem in a different way.This is another example of of their inefficiency and a waste of taxpayer dollars.

2267 days ago
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Mm    

They better investigate all those doctors over-prescribing painkillers, sedatives, growth hormones so on and on and on.

2267 days ago
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Nor-Cal    

DEA (hole)..

2267 days ago
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meltz11    

I wouldn't trust the NYPD to find their own butts.

2267 days ago
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BARACK THE VOTE    

The DEA and the ATF are the 2 hugest wastes of taxpayer dollars/should have been disbanded a long time ago. They're just starstruck. Disgusting. That is a HUGE waste of our money so they can get their star face time.

2267 days ago
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Terry    

I disagree that this investigation is bogus, someone needs to see where all of these drugs are coming from and because its with the celebrity's well sorry man it may save another drug addicts life, like Mary kates.

You and the medical examiner says Heath Ledgers death was accidental, I don't, he knew he had a drug problem and continued to take drugs, what's so accidental about that

2267 days ago
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jackschitt    

"They better investigate all those doctors over-prescribing painkillers, sedatives, growth hormones so on and on and on. "

Posted at 1:26AM on Aug 7th 2008 by Mm

No shiit! I still think that little Olsen broad knows something or the pills belonged to her.

2267 days ago
9.

Luce    

Time for a followup on Anna Nicole's doctors. TMZ, start your engine!

2267 days ago
10.

Smokey    

Heath Ledger - regardless of his acting abilities was a troubled individual, his illness was addiction. Therefore he stood the chance of overdosing on his so called prescribed medications, or whatever he was ingesting - this is something all addicts face, just a fact. For the government to waste all this money looking for the truth or should one say headlines, is a waste of taxpayers money - and the government bureaucrat that authorized this event should lose their job and pension. I would like an accounting of all the monies spent on this effort and make those responsible pay it back to the taxpayers - even if they have to liquidate all their assets, the citizens of this country deserve better.

This is the kind of stuff our forefathers did not intend to happen to the citizens of this country.

2267 days ago
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Only swim in the Ocean    

Just as bogus an investigation is Jerry Brown's into ANS's Doctors.

No criminality has ever been suggested in the accidental deaths of ANS and Daniel by any credible people.

2267 days ago
12.

alittleannoyed    

i know this is totally off topic and everything but is it really necessary for TMZ to use yiddish words in like every other one of their articles?! Not everyone that comes on this site is jewish and it really turns me off! Kinda makes me feel unwelcome because im not a jew! I mean come on what the hell does chutzpah mean?? ugh..

2267 days ago
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Tyson    

While it may be hard to believe for some people, DRUGS ARE ILLEGAL. When all these cute pictures and articles come out"XYZ is going to rehab" that person has violated the law. Its equivalent of a person killing someone, in that they are both crimes. We wouldn't be cheering people if they were killing people. Sure drugs are more acceptible and arguably cause less harm but they are illegal. If average guy X is found out to posses and be doing the amount of drugs these pople are caught with they are goig to jail for 10 years plus. There is no house arrest or whatever to else. Obviously someone was going drugs and obviously they got them from somewhere and obviously Olsen is involved or why would she want immunity. So if the DEA is finlly takng there resources away from picking up the petty black guy with 1 crack rock on him trying to put him and moving to picking up the hollywood folks who are moving and trading bricks of coke and everything else then I'm all for it. Whats good for one is good for the other.

2267 days ago
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pie    

Lets say Mary Kate did supply Ledger with two painkilling drugs. Heath took them, and trusted Mary like she was his nurse. - Did Mary know what she was giving Heath, and how powerful the painkillers really were?

2267 days ago
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white boy    

I know why they did it. The head of the DEA wants to bone Mary Kate and isn't quite sure how to go about it.

2267 days ago
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