Last night, four people were arrested in connection to Philip Seymour Hoffman's death, just two days after his apparent drug overdose. According to reports, police raided an apartment in Manhattan's Chinatown and arrested the individuals -- three men and one woman -- who may have sold the actor the heroin that killed him.
According to TMZ, police found nearly 350 glassine bags filled with heroin in their raid.
The arrests were made thanks to a tip from another heroin user who called police and gave them the names and address of two dealers, saying he had seen Hoffman there buying bundles of heroin twice a week. Police did not say how the other two people arrested were involved.
The informant reportedly told police that sometimes the dealers would run out of their supply and sell Hoffman an inferior, cheaper version of the drug. We now know it wasn't the potent and dangerous new synthetic brand of heroin, fentanyl, that ended the actor's life, though the fatal dose could have been laced with fentanyl.
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One of the suspects is Robert Vineberg, a saxophone player who performed with Mick Jagger, Amy Winehouse, Wyclef, Tom Jones, and David Bowie. So there's another sad story of a fall from grace there: The once-successful musician for the stars who sold the heroin that killed a famous actor.
But it wasn't the heroin dealers who killed Hoffman. Arresting them (and eventually trying them) will not bring him back. Still, there is some satisfaction in these rapid arrests.
Do you think drug dealers are found and arrested this quickly whenever a less-famous person dies from an overdose?
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