Po­lice trac­ing source of painkiller

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More than five months af­ter Prince’s fa­tal drug over­dose, in­ves­ti­ga­tors have nar­rowed their fo­cus to two main ques­tions: whether doc­tors il­le­gally pre­scribed opi­oids meant for the pop star and whether the fen­tanyl that killed him came from a black-mar­ket source, a law en­force­ment of­fi­cial has said.

Those lines of in­quiry raise the prospect that a doc­tor or doc­tors could be charged with writ­ing un­law­ful pre­scrip­tions and that a sep­a­rate sus­pect or set of sus­pects with ties to nar­cotics traf­fick­ing could be charged with sup­ply­ing the fa­tal dose.

Prince was 57 when he was found on April 21 in an el­e­va­tor at his sub­ur­ban Min­neapo­lis stu­dio and es­tate. Au­thor­i­ties have re­vealed lit­tle pub­licly about their in­ves­ti­ga­tion, say­ing only that the probe is on­go­ing.

The law en­force­ment of­fi­cial who de­scribed the in­ves­ti­ga­tion has knowl­edge of the in­quiry but spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions of fa­tal over­doses can be lengthy and com­plex, es­pe­cially when drug traf­fick­ers or other un­der­world fig­ures are in­volved.

Ryan Pa­cyga, a crim­i­nal de­fence lawyer who is not con­nected to the Prince case, said law en­force­ment is not go­ing to rush un­less there is a risk to the pub­lic or im­me­di­ate dan­ger to oth­ers.

In typ­i­cal drug cases, in­ves­ti­ga­tors will sub­poena doc­u­ments in­clud­ing com­puter files, emails and fi­nan­cial records. When look­ing at where the fen­tanyl came from, they will “fol­low the money” and look at or­ders, ship­ments and the bank ac­counts or credit cards that made pay­ments.

DE­CEASED: Prince died of an over­dose in April

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