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Philip Seymour Hoffman

2 Alleged Drug Dealers Targeted in Police Raid

2/5/2014 6:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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New York cops have just made 4 ARRESTS in connection with Philip Seymour Hoffman's death … Law enforcement sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ.

Our sources tell us … police have obtained a search warrant and are currently on scene at a NY apt. We're told police are targeting two individuals who they believe sold PSH heroin.  Sources say cops raided 3 units in the same building.

Sources also tell us … someone involved in the heroin market in NYC contacted police and gave them the names and addresses of two alleged drug dealers who pushed the drug.

We're told the heroin user told cops he buys from the same dealer Hoffman frequented and sometimes saw Hoffman in the dealer's apartment.  The informant says Hoffman would buy "bundles" of heroin at a time ... twice a week.

Sources say the informant told cops ... the alleged dealer -- a musician for a famous rapper -- would sometimes run out of his supply and use a secondary dealer, who sold "cheap s**t heroin" that was dangerous.  And the informant says ... Hoffman would get the secondary supply.

Four suspects are now in custody.  Law enforcement tells us all 4 were arrested for drugs found in the apartment units.

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10:15 PM PT -- Sources tell us 3 of the suspects are men ... 1 woman -- and officers found nearly 350 glassine baggies filled with heroin.  We're told one of the men -- Robert Vineberg has played sax for Mick Jagger, Amy Winehouse, Wyclef, Tom Jones and David Bowie. He's been charged with felony drug possession.

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Rigby    

Why are they being blamed for something he shoved in his veins?

206 days ago
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Jon    

Glad to see you've finally decided to print something worthwhile about this whole thing.

206 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

It's no one but Philip's fault that he's dead, he chose to be a junkie not his dealer.

would there be a big search for dealers if he wasn't a Hollywood star?

206 days ago
4.

ray    

so continues the "war on drugs"

yea, let's hunt them down and hang them in the town square at noon!!

cause that will bring him back

love the actor

but he chose his fate

206 days ago
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Perky    

Let me guess, the people being searched put a gun to PSH's head, tied him up, and put the needle in his arm and made him OD on the heroin. We've seen this scenario play out time and time again, were Darwin gets put on trial, just like how the Italian judicial system chose to seek out and prosecute the scientists for not warning the people who chose to live on an earthquake fault that living on an earthquake fault was harmful to Darwin's health. Geez.

206 days ago
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AllieFrid    

Wow, that was quick. Do they do the same raids when a kid from the projects dies from an overdose???

206 days ago
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awards    

If these guys did it they should be hammered hard, eh?

206 days ago
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MrHarryBawls2016    

Somehow, some way I bet either Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto or Justin Beiber were involved in all of this.......

ps that picture of Hoffman was taken right after the photographer told him lindsay lohan was a good actor......

206 days ago
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Frosticles    

Hang the Bastards!

206 days ago
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bring back recent posts    

His poor partner and kids. All this laundry hanging when it is none of are friggen biz!!....he was a discreet actor and stayed out of the spotlight...so sorry for his family and friends, this just makes it all worse. Ugh

206 days ago
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Jack Schitt    

A day late and many dollars short. I'm curious if the NYPD puts this much effort into arresting the drug dealers associated with every addict's death or just famous ones?

206 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

if this was your junkie down on skid row living in a card board box they would have bagged them,tagged them and been done with it..but since this was some rich celeb who decided to od on drugs.they are after the people who sold him the drugs. as always when someone famous dies blame has to always be on someone other than the celeb junkie of course

206 days ago
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MikeBenvito    

OH ****, THANKS FOR THE UPDATE IM RUNNING!! Jk jk . but being serious why should they be blamed for his death? I bet the most corrupt cops in the world NYPD wouldn't even give a **** if it was some homeless guy/woman.

206 days ago
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david 183    

This is only good news if from now on they're going to investigate every overdose in the same manner. If not it only proves you and I are not important unless we are wealthy of famous. And being white is always at the top of that list.

206 days ago
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Mumra the Ever Living    

I'm REALLY glad that they could very well find the murders who sold PSH that poison. I just wish that the police and our society wouldn't wait until it was someone famous.
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How many more people did these monsters kill before they got to someone "famous?"

206 days ago
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