DEA Search Warrant Looked into Packages Sent to Chanhassen Hotel for Prince, Paisley Park Entities, Associates

August 01, 2018 12:59 PM

Prince's family members are learning new information about the pop star's final days in 2016, and the search to see who shipped him the pills that ended his life.

KSTP requested information from the Drug Enforcement Administration and obtained the investigative file, which shed some light on the case, showing details of a drug overdose on his plane, hospital stay and the search for counterfeit pills. 


RELATED: New Documents Describe Prince's Stay in an Illinois Hospital

Prince died in April 2016 from fentanyl toxicity at Paisley Park in Chanhassen. Investigators say Prince thought he was taking hydrocodone to ease his pain, but the pills were counterfeit, shipped from another country.

Prince's cousin, Charles "Chazz" Smith said, "We didn't know he got caught up in that." 

The federal subpoena shows a DEA task force pulled records from a Chanhassen hotel from January 2013 to August 2016 for packages received by individuals and entities associated with Paisley Park and prince. 

TIMELINE of Events Surrounding Prince's Death

How that played a role in the agency's investigation remains a mystery. 

It has left Prince's cousin looking for answers about his final days. 
Smith said, "If I had seen him in the last days, we wouldn't be talking right now, 'cause he'd be here."

Prince's family has filed a wrongful death suit, part of which blames Illinois medical professionals for failure to diagnose, provide counseling or investigate the cause of Prince's overdose. 

RELATED: Trustee for Prince's Next of Kin Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Smith has a published a website dedicated to preserving and protecting his cousin's legacy.


Eric Chaloux

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