Police arrested a male resident of Cher’s home on Thursday in relation to an overdose death that occurred weeks earlier, according to multiple reports.
Authorities in Ventura County swarmed the singer’s Malibu, California, home that afternoon to arrest Donovan Ruiz, a 23-year-old man who is reportedly the son of Cher’s assistant, according to People.
While authorities did not confirm the connection between Ruiz and Cher, Sgt. Eric Buschow told People that Ruiz’s arrest is in relation to a “narcotics overdose that occurred within the last two weeks,” and confirmed that Ruiz was the target of the search warrant authorities executed on Thursday.
Ruiz is alleged to have been involved in the sale of fentanyl to residents of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, according to a press release from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.
He allegedly supplied narcotics to an unnamed party in Thousand Oaks, California, who later died of an overdose.
Ruiz was arrested on Thursday and booked on a “sales of a controlled substance” charge, with bail set at $500,000, authorities said.
Ruiz’s arrest was the culmination of a two-week narcotics investigation, according to the release. His arraignment is scheduled for October 1.
Multiple outlets have confirmed that Cher was in no way involved with the arrest or the incidents that preceded it.
The 72-year-old singer is currently in the midst of an international tour and was not present at her home during Thursday’s search and arrest, People reports.
According to her website, Cher has a slew of performances scheduled in Australia this month.
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