Matthew Perry OD investigation poised to reveal Hollywood drug dealing underworld as LAPD prepares possible manslaughter charges

Matthew Perry’s death is set to reveal a sinister underbelly of Hollywood drug dealing – with some familiar names caught up in the investigation into the ‘Friends’ star’s fatal ketamine overdose.

Page Six is ​​told the LAPD — which is overseeing the criminal investigation in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service — is now preparing for a press conference to announce possible charges, which could even include involuntary manslaughter.

In addition to Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife Brooke Mueller, who was questioned by the police about her friendship with Perry – but was not charged with any offense – we learned the identity of an actress who was involved in the investigation.

This B-list star has been very close to Perry for many years and the pair have even appeared on screen together. They also posed for a photo together at the office of a doctor who is understood to prescribe ketamine.

When reached this week, the medical examiner’s office told us they have never seen Perry as a patient, adding, “We are not talking to any police about any cases at this time.”

Cops may target the actress’ cell phone, as a source told InTouch magazine, “I’m 100 percent sure the feds will find the text messages between the two that will reveal a lot of information that could help their investigation.”

Former CIA and FBI special agent Tracy Walder told Page Six that several people could be indicted — explaining how there has been a huge boom in drug rings using mail fraud, sending prescription drugs through the mail, a federal offense.

“Intent will be the question,” she said, “They obviously knew what they were doing was wrong. [by drug dealing]. However, did they actively know that by getting that it would kill him?”

Walder said there could be involuntary manslaughter charges, which can lead to a sentence of up to five years behind bars — but no murder charges, because Perry took the ketamine herself.

“Using the mail to commit a crime is more common than you think,” Walder said, “People pay a lot of money to buy drugs… for example, someone gets a legal prescription for ketamine and maybe has a $20 copay on insurance, then decides. sell the prescription for $10k because this junkie needs it and they know he has the money.There is big money to be made.

“There are whole networks, it’s really annoying. Now it’s easier to get drugs in the mail than to fake an identity.”

Walder also said Perry was able to trade prescriptions with friends and get an assistant to collect the drugs.

“He could easily get drugs through friends, ‘if you give me money I’ll give you my prescription’, there’s a whole market like that,” she said.

“It’s incredibly sad, I feel sad for Matthew Perry… [but] the people who fed themselves [his] weakness is problematic – I would love to see some sort of criminal conviction for the people who procured the drugs for him, something that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”

Marty Singer, the veteran Hollywood attorney who worked with Perry for decades and continues to work with his estate, told Page Six, “I treated Matthew shortly before he died, he seemed completely clean, but I was concerned when I heard about his use of ketamine.

“Anyone who was involved in the inappropriate use of ketamine for Matthew should be prosecuted.”

Despite reports that Perry’s stepfather, Keith Morrison, the legendary host of NBC’s true crime show ‘Dateline,’ is working with the investigation, Morrison told us this week, “That’s garbage… the same thought , that I work with the investigation, is nonsense.”

The death of his stepson must have taken a toll on Morrison, 77, who is married to Perry’s mother, Suzanne Morrison.

“It is with you every day. It’s with you all the time,” he told Hoda Kotb on the ‘Today’ show in March.

Perry was found unresponsive in a Jacuzzi at his Pacific Palisades home in Los Angeles and pronounced dead on October 28 last year. Morrison was photographed arriving at the scene that night with his wife.

“It’s especially (not easy) for his mom,” Morrison said. “Towards the end of his life, they were closer than I’d seen them in decades, and texted each other constantly and he shared things with her that most middle-aged men don’t share with their mothers.”

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner said the levels of ketamine in Perry’s body were high — in the range used for general anesthesia during surgery.

Although he was on ketamine infusion therapy, the last known session did not contribute to his death, as it lasted about a week and a half before he died.

Former Federal prosecutor Neama Rahmani said, “And many doctors swear by ketamine, but it’s an abused party drug.

“It gives a feeling of euphoria and is dissociative. You can party with it and detach from reality, it was originally a horse tranquilizer. Only vets used it. Just before the pandemic it became popular.”

The autopsy report listed drowning, coronary artery disease and the effects of buprenorphine — a drug used to treat opioid use disorder — as contributing factors in his death.

A source who knew Perry for decades told us that although he appeared sober and “alert” during phone calls before his death. “When Matthew died, I knew immediately before it came out that ketamine was behind it,” the source said.

“I was very close with him and when he started on ketamine he said to me, ‘this is amazing’, he wanted to do business with some guy, and obviously this guy gave him as much as he wanted. But they didn’t can do that with an addict, it was terrible.

“I think he was able to get it without even seeing a doctor, it was like Anna Nicole Smith.”

The source pointed out that LA is full of “Doctor Feelgoods” who will give narcotics to known addicts. At the time of his death, Perry, who rose to fame as the wisecracking Chandler Bing on “Friends,” is believed to have had a live-in nursing team, plus executive assistant Kenny Iwamasa, believed to be the person who found him. . There was also a security team.

Also on staff was a “sober coach,” Morgan Moses, referred to as “Erin” in Perry’s memoir, and seen in a photo on his Instagram at his Malibu home. However, she quit in March 2022, claiming he threw her against a wall in an argument, according to the Daily Mail.

“Morgan tried her best, she really, really did,” an industry source in the know told us, revealing that she was by Perry’s side as he wrote his book, ‘Friends, Lovers and the Big Awful Thing’ sometimes while high, “But she didn’t could save Matty.”

Page for Six has contacted both Moses and Iwamasa for comment.

Perry told the New York Times that he spent about $9 million in his recovery attempts, including 15 stints in rehab.

He probably met Charlie Sheen’s ex Brooke Mueller in rehab.

Sheen, 58, was granted custody of his 14-year-old twin sons, Max and Bob in January as Mueller, 46, continues to struggle with her sobriety. Page Six understands she lives in a sober living facility in Malibu. Although Mueller was not handcuffed or arrested, authorities seized an iPhone and laptop from her. Sources told InTouch that she is adamant that she had nothing to do with Perry’s death.

When asked about her friendship with Perry and her involvement in the police investigation, her brother Scott Mueller told us, “I can’t really talk about it without Brooke’s permission.”

Attorney Gregory J. Pedrick, who has represented Charlie for years, told InTouch, “I believe Ms. Mueller’s past choices may have put her in a position to provide some random, anecdotal background to the authorities investigating Mr. Perry’s death . Nothing more.”

This week it was revealed that Perry left just over $1.5 million in cash in his bank account after his death. The actor, whose net worth was estimated at $120 million at the time of his death, allocated the rest of his assets to a trust he established in 2009.

The beneficiaries of Perry’s will, listed in the trust, include his father, John Perry, his mother, Suzanne Morrison, his half-brother, Caitlin Morrison, and his ex-girlfriend Rachel Dunn. Perry was never married and had no children.

Jennifer Aniston recently broke down in tears while talking about him to Variety, while Courtney Cox told CBS in May, “He visits me a lot, if we believe it,” she added, before sharing: “I talk to my mom, my. dad , Matthew.”

“I feel like there’s a lot of people who are — I think that’s what drives us. I feel like, yeah, I feel like Matthew’s around for sure,” she added.

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