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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

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.

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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John Kurc    


263 days ago


I stumbled into more of Juliana's photos here along with the other three men in the arret

263 days ago


Let these guys go, after all they have suffered enough. They both lost one of their best customers.

263 days ago


Many more arrests can and would’ve been made if law enforcement would be as vigorous and forthright with all overdoses. Then again, apparently one requires status, recognition, prestige etc. Meanwhile, pick and choose what works for the mass broadcasting and eventually have the media assist with law enforcement salaries of not being enough etc. And like with most addicts, Mr. Seymour knew the job was dangerous when he took it.

263 days ago

henry sena    

most of the celebs that die from an overdose its their fault if one dealer won"t sell to them someone else will. they have so much money that they can buy anything

263 days ago


So many ignorant posts.........
The police apply resources more heavily when we, the public, demand it.
The comments here show what people mistakenly think about the man in charge of killing stray dogs in Sochi call them.....biological trash...
Judge not least ye be judged.

263 days ago

Jamey Hunter    

Do you think the police would care this much if the average Joe drops dead on the street from an overdose? Hypocrites.

263 days ago


While it is good to have some drug dealers off the street, Hoffman is ultimately the only one responsible for his own death. It is sad and tragic that he is gone. My heart goes out to his family.

263 days ago


While it is good to get some dealers off the street, Hoffman is the only one responsible for his own death. It is heartbreaking that he is gone, and my prayers go out to his family.

263 days ago

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

How are they going to jail the dealer? They are ultimately responsible for the Law Enforcement Communities job security.

263 days ago


Musician for a Famous rapper? Get your **** in facts straight being a bassist for mick jagger and Amy whinehouse..With one Wyclef jean. Get the **** outta here with that

263 days ago


This actor was not a victim. He made a choice that killed him.

263 days ago


I feel for his partner and children not him..He knew he had a problem, he should have spent his money on getting help..

263 days ago


i think that everyone who knew that he was using heroin should be arrested as well as accomplices in his death. they knew he was taking drugs and did nothing to stop him.
i would start by focusing on all those celebrities who came out and spoke about his death ;like clooney, hanks etc

263 days ago


Really! I cannot believe the State of NY is wasting taxpayers money on this. Hoffman was and had been for many years a DOPE FEIN period. He had the means and resources to get help but he made the CHOICE to remain on Heroin (anyone with 50+ ballons of heroin obviously had a death wish - and he got it). Again, there are different laws for those with wealth. How many people has died from overdosing and there are, in our society, just another dead dope fein as it should be here with Hoffman

263 days ago
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