Family Member Tipped Off Cops to Jackson Drugs

Cops suspected murder early on, warrant shows
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2009 1:26 AM CDT
Pallbearers carry a casket holding Michael Jackson's body into a memorial for the pop star at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/courtesy of The Jackson Family, Harrison Funk)
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(Newser) – Police searched Michael Jackson’s rented mansion in Bel Air the day after he died when a family member told them they’d found what looked like heroin there, AP reports. Tests found that the substance was not heroin, but investigators discovered other drugs in Jackson’s home: pot, generic Valium and other sedatives.

The newly released warrant lists the probable crime as homicide, indicating that police suspected foul play in Jackson’s death much earlier than previously reported. A warrant was also issued for the car of Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, who has since become the focus of a manslaughter investigation. Detectives spoke to Murray after Jackson's death, but he was curt and left the hospital shortly after, though detectives asked him not to.