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Sheriff’s office won’t confirm report of cocaine in Lamar Odom’s blood

Authorities have received the results of toxicology tests performed on Lamar Odom earlier this month after the basketball star was found unconscious in a rural Nevada brothel.

But the Nye County Sheriff’s Office says it will not release the results until county prosecutors have completed their investigation, sheriff’s Sgt. David Boruchowitz said Tuesday in a news release.

Boruchowitz said the office is following standard procedure in declining to confirm the results, despite a widely publicized TMZ report that Odom’s blood tested positive for cocaine.

Odom, a former NBA player and the husband of reality TV queen Khloe Kardashian, was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center on Oct. 13 from the Love Ranch, about 80 miles northwest of Las Vegas. His four-day stay there ended abruptly when he was found unresponsive in his VIP suite.

Two legal prostitutes who’d spent time with Odom discovered him and told responders there was blood and mucus coming out of his nose and mouth. They told police they thought Odom might have been taking illegal drugs, and heard him snorting something in the bathroom. They also told detectives he had taken up to 10 herbal sex enhancers.

Odom’s family last week said his condition was improving. He was flown by helicopter from Las Vegas to Los Angeles to receive more extensive treatment.

Contact Kimberly De La Cruz at kdelacruz@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Find her on Twitter: @KimberlyinLV

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