Miami-Dade County

Police may have found cocaine in late Ultra co-founder’s home

Alex Omes
Alex Omes

Almost a month after Alex Omes’ body was discovered in his Miami loft, exactly what killed the co-founder of the Ultra Music Festival remains a mystery. But a newly released police report shows that drugs might have played a role.

On Tuesday, Miami police released the incident report documenting the scene at Omes’ fifth floor apartment on the night of Jan. 12. The report — which police initially declined to release — mostly explains what was already known:

Omes’ older brother, Carlos, went to 8101 Biscayne Blvd. on Jan. 12 after the younger Omes failed to show up for an appointment with his attorneys and didn’t return phone calls all day. Alex Omes was preparing to go to trial on Jan. 13 with Ultra Enterprises over his 2010 ouster, and was fighting for millions and control of the world-renowned event.

Carlos Omes entered the apartment with the help of a property manager and a police officer, and discovered the 43-year-old father deceased in bed. The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner has not yet determined the cause of Omes’ death. But in their report, police documented the discovery of a “clear plastic baggie with suspicious cocaine residue.”

The medical examiner is awaiting toxicology results. But Omes’ family says they never knew him to use narcotics and doubt he used cocaine.

“It was our impression that he did not do drugs,” said David Burgueno, a family spokesman.

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