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Police probe doctors in Anna Nicole overdose

LOS ANGELES - State authorities investigating circumstances surrounding the overdose death of Anna Nicole Smith raided six locations yesterday, including the offices and residences of two doctors.

California Attorney General Jerry Brown declined to say what charges could be filed but said the probe involved the "prescribing and dispensing practices of several California licensed doctors and pharmacies."

Search warrants were served, and there were no arrests, he told a news conference. He added, "You don't go to a judge and get a search warrant for somebody's home unless you think some rather serious crime has been committed."

Brown said he launched the investigation on March 30 after he learned that the drugs involved in Smith's Feb. 8 death were prescribed by California physicians and came from California pharmacies.

Smith, a former Playboy Playmate, died of an accidental overdose of drugs, including a powerful sleep aid, at a Florida hotel. She was 39.

Brown said he did not know if the probe could lead to exhumation of Smith's body, which is buried in the Bahamas. Brown said investigators had learned "quite a lot" from Bahamian authorities, but he declined to elaborate on grounds that it might jeopardize the investigation.

"We do know from the public record that there's someone who's dead and her body, upon investigation, is full of controlled substances and combinations of drugs that turned out to be illegal," Brown said.

Searches were carried out in Los Angeles and Orange counties "related to doctors who provided medical treatment or prescribed drugs for Anna Nicole Smith or her associates," he said.

Los Angeles County district attorney's spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said a total of six locations were searched, including the homes and offices of two doctors, but she would not name the physicians.

Ellyn Garafalo, a lawyer for Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, who prescribed methadone to Smith shortly before she died, confirmed the doctor's home and offices were among those raided but declined to comment further.

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