Report: DEA launching probe into how Angels' Tyler Skaggs obtained drugs

The Drug Enforcement Administration has launched an investigation to determine where Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs obtained the drugs that were in his system at the time of his death, T.J. Quinn of ESPN reported Wednesday.

An autopsy report released on Aug. 30 revealed that fentanyl, oxycodone and ethanol were in Skaggs' system when he was found dead at a Southlake, Texas, hotel room on July 1.

The ESPN report notes that DEA officials frequently get involved in cases that involve fentanyl. The synthetic opioid has been linked in the deaths of legendary musicians Prince and Tom Petty. Finding the sources who are behind the distribution of fentanyl has become a high priority.

From ESPN:

One federal law enforcement agent, speaking on condition of anonymity, said fentanyl has been showing up "everywhere, even in marijuana."

Skaggs’s family retained prominent Texas attorney Rusty Hardin to represent them when the Southlake Police Department opened its investigation into the pitcher’s death. The family is also seeking to find out how Skaggs came into possession of the opioids that contributed to his death, including who supplied them.

In a statement released by the family on Aug. 30, it was suggested that an Angels employee may have been responsible for supplying the drugs.

"We were shocked to learn that it may involve an employee of the Los Angeles Angels. We will not rest until we learn the truth about how Tyler came into possession of these narcotics, including who supplied them."

The ESPN report confirms that no Angels team employee has been identified or targeted as of yet in the investigation being conducted by the Southlake Police Department.

"We continue to cooperate with law enforcement on this important matter," Angels team spokesperson Marie Garvey said in statement included in the ESPN report.

Major League Baseball is also looking for answers. After the autopsy report came out, it was reported that the league will conduct its own investigation into the matter. It’s reported MLB will now consider opioid testing for all players as a preventative measure.

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USA starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs delivers a pitch against the World team during the first inning of the All Star Futures baseball game Sunday, July 10, 2011, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Arizona Diamondbacks' Tyler Skaggs delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins during the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 05: Starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs #37 of the Arizona Diamondbacks sits in the dugout during the MLB game against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field on July 5, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies 5-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 11: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim talks to Mike Butcher #23 during the game against the New York Mets at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 11, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Matt Brown/Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 08: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim catches a baseball during the game against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 8, 2014 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Matt Brown/Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 24: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles of Anaheim poses for a portrait while displaying the scar from a 2014 Tommy John surgery at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 24, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Matt Brown/Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 28: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the second inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers on August 28, 2016 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. The Angels defeated the Tigers 5-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: Pitcher Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the dugout during the third inning of the game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 13, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Matt Brown/Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Tyler Skaggs (45) is pulled from the game and heads for the dugout in the fifth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners, on September 29, 2017, played at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 25: Martin Maldonado #12 catcher of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim talks with starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs #45 in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on June 25, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. Players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Catcher Jose Briceno #10 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim watches as manager Mike Scioscia #14 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim takes the ball from starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs #45 to take Skaggs out of the game during the fourth inning of the MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 29: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the first inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 29, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 18: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim points to first base in the first inning during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on June 18, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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