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Prince's Counterfeit Pills Released in New Police Photos

By TheBlast Staff

Prince kept his counterfeit Vicodin pills — which would later be discovered to contain fentanyl — in a vitamin C bottle, this according to new photos obtained by The Blast.

The photos show a slew of pills marked "Watson 853" inside of a CVS pharmacy branded bottle. The bottle was found in Prince's bedroom and was photographed by police as part of the investigation into his death.

According to the Carver County Sheriff's Office, all of the pills that were marked "Watson 853" were counterfeit. Not every single pill was tested, just a wide sample, so police would only say "they believe" all of the counterfeit pills contained fentanyl, the drug caused Prince's death.

Authorities in Minnesota on Thursday released thousands of videos and images taken from Paisley Park during the investigation into the death of the iconic singer.


A press conference was held by authorities in Minnesota on Thursday announcing there would be no charges related to Prince’s death in April of 2016. Mark Metz, the Carver County Attorney, explained that they believe Prince didn’t realize he was taking Vicodin laced with Fentanyl.

At the time of his death, police say there were no painkiller prescriptions in Prince’s name.

Following the press conference, the sheriff’s department released all records related to the investigation of his death. The records that were released by authorities included photos, notes and a video showing the lifeless body of the icon.


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