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One drug key to Jackson investigation

With the investigation of Michael Jackson’s death zeroing in on what drugs he took and who provided them, an upcoming toxicology report is key to whether anyone is criminally charged.

world Updated: Jul 18, 2009 01:40 IST

With the investigation of Michael Jackson’s death zeroing in on what drugs he took and who provided them, an upcoming toxicology report is key to whether anyone is criminally charged.

It’s already known that propofol, a powerful anesthetic not meant for home use, was among the drugs found in Jackson’s rented mansion.

The Los Angeles Police Department is trying to see how the medications got there.

The coroner’s toxicology report is expected next week. It will provide two important facts: whether propofol and any other drugs were present in the 50-year-old singer when he died on June 25, and whether the levels were toxic.

“The quantity is key here,” said Lawrence Kobilinsky, head of forensic science at John Jay College in New York. “Not only the presence, but the amount also has to be interpreted to see if it contributed to the death.”

Kobilinsky sees propofol as “a smoking gun.” “There is no reason it should have been available to him. If it is a contributing factor to his death, then I think there would be criminal charges,” he said.

The district attorney’s office is in contact with police but no evidence has been presented for possible charges, prosecutors’ spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said.