Four suspected heroin dealers were taken into custody for questioning by NYPD as these people are said to possibly have contributed to the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. The New York Post broke the story on Feb. 4, saying sources claim that law enforcement raided Manhattan apartments in NoHo after reportedly getting a pertinent tip.
This police raid was reportedly covered by a search warrant and was said to have occurred at about 7:30 p.m. When officers surprised the tenants, a total of "350 glassine envelopes with what appeared to be heroin inside" was allegedly discovered.
According to CBS New York, LAPD entered three separate apartments on Mott Street in the same building and arrested three men and one woman in the process. Whether or not the drugs found were authentic, that the packets were actually filled with heroin, and that this possible heroin was the same kind of heroin that is believed to have ultimately killed Hoffman has not been determined
Meanwhile, another possible break in the case regarding the untimely death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead in his bathroom with a hypodermic needle sticking out of his arm on Feb. 2, was uncovered on Tuesday.
Apparently, the heroin found at Hoffman's Manhattan apartment by police tested negative for fentanyl, a strong additive that is often laced with heroin to produce an enhanced effect.
That said, four suspected heroin dealers were snagged by NYPD on Tuesday evening in Lower Manhattan. These people may possibly have had a connection to Philip Seymour Hoffman and his untimely death.
This possible heroin dealers' bust by police is the latest development in trying to unravel the mystery behind the demise of the huge talent. Tomorrow, Hoffman will be mourned on Broadway when the bright lights of the Great White Way will be dimmed for one minute to honor the highly respected actor who will sorely be missed by the masses for his immense contributions to the arts.
Update on Feb. 5: According to The New York Times via Huffington Post, names of the four individuals arrested in possible connection to Philip Seymour Hoffman's death have been released. They are Max Rosenblum, 22, and Juliana Luchkiw, 22, who were individually charged with drug possession and criminal use of drug paraphernalia, Robert Vineberg, 57, who was charged with drug possession and criminal use of drug paraphernalia, and Thomas Cushman, 48, who was charged with drug possession.
Even though it was in investigating the cause of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death that made police obtain a search warrant for the building where these four lived, none has been charged with drug sales, making the connection to the death of the actor not an official part of the equation at this point.