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Police search the offices of Michael's physician Dr Conrad Murray

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Federal investigators from the Drug Enforcement Administration searched the doctor's premises in Houston, Texas. A representative for the physician said the morning raid was "a surprise to us" Photo: © PA

23 JULY 2009

Federal investigators from the Drug Enforcement Administration have searched the offices of Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr Conrad Murray.

Around 12 DEA agents entered the building in Houston, Texas, with a warrant and accompanied by LAPD detectives. They removed several items.

A representative for the medic, who was with the king of pop when he died, said the morning raid was "a surprise to us and it was a surprise to the attorneys". His lawyer said police were looking for evidence of manslaughter.

The substance Diprivan - a powerful anaesthetic also known as Propofol - was found in the Thriller singer's home after he died.

The investigation into his death is believed to centre around Michael's use of the sedative.

Dr Murray – who was reportedly paid £100,000 a month by the singer - is one of several physicians who have been interviewed in connection with Michael's death. Police say he is not a suspect.

The medic said before the search: "I did not give Michael anything that should have led to his death. I do not know anything more than anyone else about what killed Michael - but it wasn't me."

His lawyer added: "The coroner wants to clear up the cause of death, we share that goal. 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".

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