The Feds Get Involved In Investigating MJ's Death
July 2, 2009 at 4:49 AM (PT)
The circumstances surrounding MICHAEL JACKSON's death have become a federal issue, with the Drug Enforcement Administration asked to help police take a look at the pop star's doctors and possible drug use. Following JACKSON's death, allegations emerged that the 50-year-old King of Pop had been consuming painkillers, sedatives and anti-depressants.
The DEA was asked to help the probe by the LOS ANGELES Police Department, a law enforcement official in WASHINGTON told THE ASSOCIATED PRESS on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation.
The federal agency can provide resources and experience in investigating drug abuse, illicit drug manufacturers known as "pill mills" and substances local police may not be familiar with, the official said WEDNESDAY.
While the investigation into the singer's death deepened, passionate MICHAEL JACKSON fans spent another day in an uneasy limbo, awaiting word from the King of Pop's camp about where and when a memorial service might be held for their hero -- and if they're even invited.
Speculation about the potential location of a memorial ricocheted during the day from THE STAPLES CENTER to the LOS ANGELES COLISEUM to THE NOKIA THEATER. One spot that was ruled out as an immediate memorial venue was JACKSON's sprawling NEVERLAND ranch in SANTA BARBARA COUNTY. JACKSON family spokesman KEN SUNSHINE said a public memorial was in the works for JACKSON, but it wouldn't be held at NEVERLAND.