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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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136.

Eliza    

Man was responsible for his own actions! RIP

225 days ago
137.

time1865    

Who is this "famous" guy? I don't know anyone who has any idea.

225 days ago
138.

frank1946    

It's a Felony..............before you kill someone !

Toss the Keys.

225 days ago
139.

Jim    

Anyone that overdoses is reaping what they sow. Why do people start using drugs to begin with? I have absolutely no sympathy for someone hooked on any junk be it booze, tobacco, or drugs. Just be prepared to go down the tubes...what a future!!

225 days ago
140.

CINDY    

How is it that when a famous person dies of drugs of course ... someone else is to blame, last time i checked he is a grown man capable of knowing what he is doing ... and the cops are involved ...but when a REAL person like me and you dies of an OD no one is called its a different story... its pitiful the MAN died of his stupidness let it lie

225 days ago
141.

Superbowlchamps    

Murder??? Murdered who??? I have known them for two weeks, they would never do something like that!!!

225 days ago
142.

John    

I wish they would have done the same for my Son. I guess we the little really don't mater as much as the hollywood elit.

225 days ago
143.

CINDY    

How is it that when a famous person dies of drugs of course ... someone else is to blame, last time i checked he is a grown man capable of knowing what he is doing ... and the cops are involved ...but when a REAL person like me and you dies of an OD no one is called its a different story... its pitiful the MAN died of his stupidness let it lie

225 days ago
144.

VeeGee    

If it had been some black kid from Harlem who died, it would never have even made the paper and the cops would never have launched such a fast, big search for the drug dealers.
When the black community complains about something like this, I can hardly blame them.

225 days ago
145.

Tom    

Amazing that you have to be a celebrity to get this kind of attention by the police. Where were all his so called friends (celebrities) who now praise him and they knew he had a drug problem.......phony bastards...

225 days ago
146.

Mat    

Amazing how quick they arrested these people, I've never heard of that happening for many other drug overdoses. I'm convinced it had nothing to do with the fact he was a celebrity....

225 days ago
147.

VS    

I'm curious (maybe I missed it), but how did they obtain a warrant for that apartment based just on a "called in tip"? Just because you "know" someone is into selling/using drugs, that's not enough for the police to enter your residence. There's more to this surely.

225 days ago
148.

Rothay    

This druggie chose to inject the heroin. Why are the dealers iinvolved? Another case of not being responsible for for yourself - and self inflicted wound, death.

225 days ago
149.

Gayle    

Why was raid done after this man OD? I guess it's because he was a celebrity. 7 other people died that same day from heroin overdoses in NY alone, and no publicity about them as they were just "junkies", but he was a star who overdosed. What a double standard. I hope the dealers rot in jail, but they won't. They'll be given a light sentence and walk to do their dirty work all over again. Our justice system stinks.

225 days ago
150.

TMP    

There have been 30+ deaths in NY, PA and RI over the last three months all linked to this 'lethal' strain of heroin and no one was bothering to investigate or make any arrests until PSH died. It's sad that it takes a celeb killing themselves with drugs before any one seems to care.

225 days ago
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