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Search in Jackson Case -- Smoking Gun?

8/13/2009 6:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

We've obtained the search warrant used to raid the Las Vegas pharmacy that Dr. Conrad Murray has used in the past, and there appears to be a direct link between the doctor and Propofol ... and there may be a link to Michael Jackson as well.

Search Warrant: Click to view

The documents show authorities were looking for credit card receipts and other docs related to drugs purchased by Dr. Murray on May 12, 2009. The warrant then mentions specific vials of Propofol manufactured by Teva and Hospira, Inc.

We've already reported the LAPD found Propofol manufactured by Teva at Jackson's house.

And authorities were looking for FedEx records relating to "the purchase, transfer, receiving, ordering, delivery and storage of Propofol to Dr. Conrad Murray."

Short story ... it looks like authorities believe they know where and when the Propofol that killed Jackson was purchased.

It is unclear whether authorities got the smoking gun they were looking for. The only thing revealed in the documents is that authorities took "copies of misc. paperwork."

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31.

Just Askin' from Vegas!    

Hey TMZ, was Dr. Murray also a doctor to Las Vegas performer Danny Gans? Wouldn't that be ironic!

1905 days ago
32.

Yilian P.    

I heard on ET that people were planning to have a Jackson Family Tour.
But the thing is that "supposively" Janet doesnt want to do it cause she thinks they are just using her fame to get people to come.
Whats your take on this.

1905 days ago
33.

Denise    

could it be that Debbie rowe was only a surragote for these kids. they look nothing like her and also I swear that Prince Michael looks just like Christian Brando. Givin that Michael had a close rekationship with Marlon could it be possible? And what was Michael doing during his exile in middle east and Ireland? Thank, I love TMZ!!!!!

1905 days ago
34.

Lori    

Do you think arrests warrants will be forthcoming now?
Do you know if LA PD have conducted any interviews with Michael's children?
How much trouble is Dr. Murray in?
What are his lawyers saying?

1905 days ago
35.

Amber    

was it true that Michael was bald when he died ?

1905 days ago
36.

Amber    

Can the police get Dr.Murry for also giving drugs to someone that was already an addict ?

1905 days ago
37.

Dr. Bonnie Meyer    

Propofol does not create restful sleep. The patient does not have REM dream patterns which is required for sleep. Any doc worth his/her salt knows that. That means, if you go down with Propofol for 8 hours, you wake up 8 hours more tired.
Propofol is not used for sleep disorders.
It's very likely that MJ discovered Propofol which is used in Plastic Surgery Clinics and liked the idea of being "knocked out" and waking up without the usual "dope-over" related to General Anestheia. He didn't understand he go no restful sleep - he just knew he was knocked out.
So any doc giving Propofol for sleep is performing malpractice.

1905 days ago
38.

writebrain    

QUESTION: WHY were "Mark Lester" items among those included in the judgment? This means there must have been some sort of "value" added to the autographs, etc... Mark Lester items missing BEFORE the Mark Lester interview where he told a reporter he donated sperm to Michael's baby bank?

1905 days ago
39.

Amber    

Is there any talk of the rest of the Jackson touring ?

1905 days ago
40.

Beth    

The initial reports were that Katherine receive 40% and the children receive 40% under the will/trust. Following Katherine's death, her 40% would be transferred to MJ's children.

Is this true?

What would prevent Katherine from spending/disposing of her 40% while alive?

1905 days ago
41.

who dat    

Harvey, here is my question: When was the last time you shopped at Zales?

1905 days ago
42.

MJ WAS A JUNKIE    

The anesthetic Propofol, suspected in Michael Jackson’s death, has experienced a surge in abusers. Gerald Posner reports on a highly potent drug that’s largely unregulated.

Talking heads on TV universally express shock, in the aftermath of Michael Jackson's death, that anyone would abuse the powerful anesthetic Propofol outside of a hospital surgical setting. Subsequent to Jackson’s apparent overdose, only two instances have emerged of lay people addicted to Propofol. A 21-year-old American bought it on eBay and killed himself while administering it through an IV drip. A 25-year-old German became addicted through a supply he obtained from a local veterinarian clinic.

There is some evidence that Propofol is so strong that just the fumes from the patient’s mouth lead to a secondhand exposure.
But the largely untold story of Propofol addiction is that of the steadily increasing numbers of abusers among medical professionals, primarily anesthesiologists and the nurses who work with it. The Talbott Recovery Campus, in Atlanta, is the world’s largest and oldest treatment center for addicted medical professionals. In 2006, the center had 8 cases of Propofol abuse, 12 in 2007, and 27 in 2008. The numbers are small compared to problems with other prescription pills, especially with anesthesiologists who historically have one of the highest addiction rates among doctors. But the trend is moving in a worrisome direction for those who study it.

“In 2006, it was a phenomenon,” says Dr. Paul Earley, “but now it’s grown to the point where a year ago we instituted on our regular questionnaire whether there had ever been any Propofol abuse.”

Michael Jackson traveled with an anesthesiologist during his mid-1990s tour. It’s not yet known if he was then being administered the white milky substance that had been introduced in 1986. It was only in 1992 that the first human addiction case was recorded, a 31-year-old anesthesiologist who had begun injecting himself up to 100 times daily “to reduce his feelings of boredom, inner tension, and depression.” His addiction was only uncovered when he was found unconscious on the hospital’s bathroom floor one evening.

“There is a very narrow window between getting high, going unconscious, and dying, when it comes to Propofol,” says Dr. Earley. “Only a few cc's more than what's required to put a person to sleep can trigger fatal respiratory arrest. We see impaired professionals who have contusions on their face or body. That’s because they fell unconscious at a desk and hit their face, or literally fell out of a chair. And as you develop a tolerance to the drug, you need more to get high, and that brings someone close to the lethal level.”

Paul Wischmeyer, a University of Colorado anesthesiologist and one of the leading experts on Propofol addiction, became interested in the problem in when he learned that some colleagues were giving themselves minute injections of Propofol, producing a mellow, somewhat spacey high, that lasts only a few minutes. But even that high makes it impossible to function. “It’s not a subtle drug,” says Dr. Earley. "It's not like opiate narcotics, where you can be slightly inebriated on the drug and show up for work. Most of the time on propofol, you inject it and pass out.”

Three years ago, Wischmeyer began the first formal study of Propofol addiction in the medical community, “A Survey of Propofol Abuse in Academic Anesthesia Programs.” One hundred and twenty six anesthesia departments across the U.S. participated. Twenty percent admitted having encountered an addiction problem among staff. Although the numbers were small—25 abusers—Wischmeyer calculated a fivefold increase in Propofol abuse over the past decade. Nearly 40 percent of residents who abused Propofol ended up dead. Others, when confronted, left the medical field instead of staying in a line of work that put them in regular contact with such a powerful addictive substance.

There is some evidence that Propofol is so strong that just the fumes from concentrations around the patient’s mouth during a surgical procedure, where anesthesiologists spend many hours, lead to a secondhand exposure to “aerosolized Propofol,” which can create an increased risk of full-time abuse in susceptible persons. Another part of the problem, according to Wischmeyer, is that despite the evidence of its strong addictive potential, Propofol remains mostly unregulated. The FDA does not consider it a controlled substance, and surprisingly, there are no laws requiring the drug to be registered or accounted for at hospitals or medical clinics. Traditional pharmacy rules do not apply to it. Wischmeyer discovered that 71 percent of the medical facilities he polled did nothing to regulate Propofol. As opposed to the more

1905 days ago
43.

Linda Mott    

With this new LAPD information, about the tie between the doctor, Propofol and MJ, do you think they have a case yet or do they need to get more proof?
Can the family still sue the doctor even if the state doesn't prosecute him?
In the OJ case he won the case but lost the civil case, would this be the same if the court decides the doctor is not guilty?

1905 days ago
44.

Maryl    

I think TMZ (like all gossip sites) have people scoping out the places where they know (or heard) have potential information pertaining to the case...They were the people who reported MJ was on his way to the hospital first...this is fact..

People see them as the MJ resource...

Dr. Murray might not get along time in Jail (manslaughter IS a slap on the wrist)....he WILL have to live with the fact that HE COULD HAVE PREVENTED THIS-knowing that this drug CAN ONLY be given in hospitals, he knew he was MJ's source AND COULD OF TOLD MJ NO...But the money was just TOO GOOD TO say NO to MJ and try to get MJ the real help he needed.

Poor MJ-Rest in Peace... Let the devil know that he needs to make room for one more...Paging Dr. Murray...

1905 days ago
45.

welc ome    

Why no charges yet?

1905 days ago
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