Jackson doctor raided
Police have raided the offices of Dr. Conrad Murray, the personal physician of Michael Jackson who was with him when he died last month
Michael Jackson's doctor's office has been raided by police looking for evidence "of the offence of manslaughter".
Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) arrived at the Houston, Texas, clinic of Dr. Conrad Murray - who was the late pop icon's personal physician and was with him when he died last month - at around 10.20am this morning (22.07.09).
They are believed to be looking for Jackson's medical records.
Murray's lawyer, Ed Chernoff, confirmed in a statement: "We can confirm that a search warrant was executed today on Dr. Murray's offices in Houston, Texas. We reviewed the warrant and remained on the premises while the search was being executed.
"The search was conducted by members of the DEA, two Robbery-Homicide detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department and Houston police officers.
"The search warrant authorised law enforcement to search for and seize items, including documents, they believed constituted evidence of the offence of manslaughter.
"Law enforcement concluded their search around 12:30pm, and left with a forensic image of a business computer hard drive and 21 documents. None of the documents taken had previously been requested by law enforcement or the L.A. Coroner's Office."
It has been claimed the warrant was linked to the findings of Jackson's preliminary autopsy report.
Miranda Sevcik, a representative for lawyer Chernoff, said: "This raid was unexpected to us. All this drama is just not necessary, this is how we feel. Ed's not dismayed about it. He's just trying to figure out what's going on. But he's not worried about it."
Although the events leading up to Michael's death remain unclear, there has been intense speculation he was misusing prescription drugs at the time of his passing.
According to reports, police are focusing their investigation on the 50-year-old singer's use of the anaesthetic Propofol, which is used to put patients to sleep before surgery.
A source confirmed: "It is Conrad Murray they're looking at. They are looking for Propofol, along with anything else they find. But Propofol is the big one."
Gossip website TMZ reported: "We're told 8 Drug Enforcement Agency vehicles arrived at his offices. Two LAPD detectives also arrived on scene along with uniformed members of the Houston Police Department and 10 members of the DEA's Tactical Diversion Team. There are another dozen or so DEA agents on hand."
Reports claim the LAPD asked the DEA to attend to help serve the search warrant on the Armstrong Medical Clinic.
Murray was in Nevada at the time of the raid.
Yesterday (21.07.09), Chernoff took to his website to speak about the reasons police wanted to look at Jackson's medical records.
He wrote: "The coroner wants to clear up the cause of death, we share that goal. We don't have access to the most important information in this case... the toxicology report. We're still in the dark like everybody else.
"Based on Dr. Murray's minute-by-minute and item-by-item description of Michael Jackson's last days, he should not be a target of criminal charges. Dr. Murray was the last doctor standing when Michael Jackson died and it seems all the fury is directed toward him."
Murray attempted to revive Jackson when he found him unconscious at his rented Los Angeles house last month, unsuccessfully performing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).