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

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

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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