Questions remain after investigators find opioids throughout Prince's home, documents show

18 April, 2017, 02:52 | Author: Joy Garcia

- Search warrants related the investigation into the death of Prince were unsealed Monday morning, showing which drugs were recovered from Paisley Park, which drugs Prince was using, where he got them from, and who he got them from.

Schulenberg is the same doctor who was at Paisley Park on April 21 (the day of Prince's death) when deputies arrived on scene and the same doctor who admitted to authorities, he prescribed Oxycodone for Prince on April 14, the day before he overdosed while returning from a show in Atlanta, forcing his plane into an emergency landing.

The star of music legend Prince, painted on the outside wall of First Avenue, featured in the film Purple Rain, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, two days after his death on April 21, 2016.

A Minnesota doctor is disputing that he ever prescribed opioids to Prince or to anyone else with the intent they be given to Prince.

Authorities also searched Johnson's cellphone records, to see who he was communicating with in the month before Prince died.

Several search warrants were unsealed Monday near the one-year anniversary of Prince's death of a fentanyl overdose. He left his job there almost three weeks after Prince's death.

Information in the warrants also revealed that investigators found a suitcase containing several prescription bottles in the name of Johnson, who told investigators previous year that the singer had been struggling with opiate use.

Other information included in the documents indicates that cops learned from Prince's associates that he never used a mobile phone and preferred to communicate via email.

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According to the documents, Johnson went to Walgreen's and picked up Prince's prescription medication.

No prescriptions were found for fentanyl - a powerful drug that is 50 times stronger than heroin.

The search warrants reveal that the suitcase contained prescription bottles with pills other than the ones listed on the labels. Also according to the search warrant, investigators were told by witnesses that Prince "recently had a history of going through withdrawals which are believed to be the result of abuse of prescription medication". Although the medical examiner's office released the cause of death, the full toxicology report was not - and will not be - released.

Laws against prescribing with a false name are not usually enforced when a doctor intends to protect a celebrity's privacy, said Los Angeles attorney Ellyn Garofalo. First responders revived him with two doses of a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.

Prescription medications written to Johnson and dated April 7, 2016 were found in a suitcase with the name tag of "Peter Bravestrong, ' which singer and friend Judith Hill confirmed to investigators was an alias Prince would use while traveling". They found nothing that would confirm the source of the fentanyl that killed him.

And, experts say, prosecutors and investigators don't want to lose a high-profile case such as Prince's — likely increasing their caution.

Prince's half-brother, Duane Nelson, said he used to get the drug for Prince to help him come down after shows, attorney Michael B. Padden said.

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