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Four arrested as part of Philip Seymour Hoffman drug probe



New York police arrested four people in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday as part of the investigation into Philip Seymour Hoffman’s suspected overdose.

Law enforcement officials busted three men and one woman whom they believe may be connected to the drugs found in the 46-year-old actor’s Greenwich Village apartment about a mile away from where the arrests occurred.

Investigators were led to the building on a tip and found 350 bags of heroin in three apartments in the Mott Street building, the New York Times reports. The glassine envelopes were not marked with the words “Ace of Spades” or the ace of hearts symbol that appeared on the bags found in Hoffman’s apartment on Sunday morning.

According to the New York Post, police charged Robert Vineberg, 57, and Thomas Kushman, 48, with felony drug possession. Max Rosenblum and Juliana Luchkiw, both 22, were charged with misdemeanor drug possession. When Vineberg was asked if he sold heroin to Hoffman, he sheepishly replied, “No, I did not.”

Earlier Tuesday, police said the heroin found in Hoffman’s apartment did not contain the deadly additive fentanyl, which has been linked to 22 fatal overdoses in Pennsylvania. The New York City medical examiner’s office then announced on Wednesday that Hoffman’s autopsy was inconclusive and that further testing would be needed to determine a cause of death, People reports. Spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said there was no timetable for the autopsy to be completed.

Meanwhile, Hoffman’s family released a statement that a private funeral service will be held for “the family and close friends” and that “plans were also underway for a memorial service later in the month also to be held in New York.”

A candlelight vigil for Philip Seymour Hoffman was held at the Bank Street Theater Wednesday.


A candlelight vigil for Philip Seymour Hoffman was held at the Bank Street Theater Wednesday.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 10:01pm]


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