4 Arrests Tied to Philip Seymour Hoffman Death?

Cops nab suspected dealers in NYC raids

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 5, 2014 3:35 AM CST

(Newser) – Have police found the dealers who sold the heroin believed to have killed Philip Seymour Hoffman? Four suspected dealers were busted in New York City after a tip-off last night, but it's not clear whether they were the actor's direct suppliers or part of a larger ring, police sources tell the New York Daily News. Around 350 bags of heroin were seized inside three apartments. Two men, ages 57 and 48, have been charged with felony drug possession, and a man and a woman, both 22, have been charged with misdemeanor drug possession, according to the New York Post.

Police raided the three apartments after a tip from a heroin user who uses the same dealer and claimed to have seen Hoffman in his apartment, a source tells TMZ. But none of the seized bags of heroin had "Ace of Hearts" or "Ace of Spades" stamps similar to those found in Hoffman's apartment after his death, sources say. Tests on the heroin found in the actor's home had no trace of fentanyl, a powerful narcotic sometimes used to cut the drug, a law enforcement official tells CNN. Heroin tainted with fentanyl killed at least 22 people in Maryland last month.

A makeshift memorial is see outside the building where the body of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found in New York.
A makeshift memorial is see outside the building where the body of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found in New York.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A makeshift memorial is seen, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, outside the building where the body of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found in New York. Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday in his apartment.
A makeshift memorial is seen, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, outside the building where the body of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found in New York. Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday in his apartment.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
In this Jan. 19, 2014 photo, Philip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait at The Collective and Gibson Lounge Powered by CEG, during the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah.
In this Jan. 19, 2014 photo, Philip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait at The Collective and Gibson Lounge Powered by CEG, during the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah.   (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
A couple kneels outside the apartment building of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman after they added to the flowers placed there.
A couple kneels outside the apartment building of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman after they added to the flowers placed there.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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