Unsealed search warrants reveal probe into Dr. Arnold Klein's possible mishandling of prescription drugs

By Michelle Tauber
Updated August 28, 2009 02:15 PM
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Michael Jackson’s longtime friend and dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein may have helped the singer obtain drugs, according to a new report.

According to the warrant and affidavit for a raid last Friday on Mickey Fine Pharmacy in Beverly Hills, Calif., investigators were searching for records of medication Klein allegedly prescribed to himself – and then gave to Jackson, FOXnews.com reports.

A list of items seized during the search filed Thursday evening in California federal court shows investigators seized “60 prescriptions, 29 patient profile print-outs, three copies of DEA Forms 222 (Order Forms) and copies of inventories of controlled substances.”

FOXNews.com reports that between Jan. 1, 2008 and July 6, 2009, Klein self-prescribed 27 controlled substances, which he filled at Mickey Fine Pharmacy and which investigators now believe he gave to his friends – including Jackson, who died of an apparent drug overdose on June 25.

The 60 prescriptions and 29 patient profiles were all related to the investigation into Jackson’s death. The patient profiles belong to Jackson and aliases used by the star, reports FOXNews.com. The drugs involved included the medications hydrocodone (Vicodin), modafinil (Provigil), diazepam (Valium), and injectable midazolam (Versed).

The day after the report was released saying that Klein was the subject of a criminal investigation likely to culminate in charges related to medical malpractice, his criminal attorney told the DEA that the dermatologist had never self-prescribed, FOXNews.com reports.

Klein has previously made conflicting claims about whether or not he is the biological father of Jackson’s two older children, Prince Michael, 12, and Paris, 11.