INSIDE STORY: The Drug Case Against Michael Douglas's Son

08/09/2009 at 08:50 AM EDT

INSIDE STORY: The Drug Case Against Michael Douglas's Son
Cameron Douglas
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Cameron Douglas was careful to use aliases, code words, rented mailboxes and disposable phones, but in the end the son of Oscar winner Michael Douglas was done in by former friends and associates to help save their own skin.

A 10-page complaint written and filed by the New York State Drug Enforcement Agency was unsealed against Douglas – who was arrested earlier this week on methamphetamine charges – and painted a portrait of the 31-year-old as a drug dealer who over the last three years sold a huge amount of crystal meth, often out of posh hotels in New York and Los Angeles using FedEx to move money and drugs across the country.

Douglas, a sometimes actor and producer who worked as a deejay in clubs in New York and L.A., would use his one-time assistant to make introductions to potential buyers of large amounts of methamphetamine, the complaint said.

Both his former assistant and two of Douglas's alleged buyers became cooperating witness for the state after they had been arrested on drug-related charges. And one of those witnesses ended up participating in a sting that lead his arrest, according to the complaint.

Code Words 'Pastry' & 'Bath Salts'

Douglas conducted much of his business though rented mailboxes and was always careful to use code words in his text messages and phone calls, according to the complaint.

"When I send the pastry out to you," he said to one of the cooperating witnesses on July 22, according to the complaint, "you can send me the paper work for, you know, the next order."

On another occasion, after allegedly providing what appeared to be crystal meth, he asked the cooperating witness, "Did you get a chance to uhhh…Like smell any of the salts?" Adding, "I was so excited for you to take a bath and see for yourself."

Douglas, who was charged with cocaine possession in 2007, was first arrested at age 17 for DUI in his hometown of Santa Barbara, and was later convicted. He faces a possible life sentence, and a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison if convicted in a court of law in New York on these latest drug charges.

A lawyer for Douglas did not respond to a request for comment, and both his famous father and grandfather, Kirk, with whom he co-starred in the 2003 film It Runs in the Family, declined comment.

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