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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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steve schaumburg    

I think the 2 drug dealers killed him and robbed him

226 days ago


I find this highly offensive. PSH was an extremely talented actor, but he was also a fat, sloppy, unwashed mess who couldn't be trusted around his kids. People od every damn day and nothing happens. He killed himself, cocentrate on the autopsy rather than trying to blame some drug dealer. I wouldn't be surprised if he died of a heart attack, the guy was such an obese, out of shape mess he could barely walk.

226 days ago


People OD everyday, this guy does it and the police are out looking for the dealers, WTF!

226 days ago


This only happened because it was PSH. Had this been a nobody who od'ed. The cops wouldn't care. Also that 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." was a rival drug dealer taking out competition. No user would give up their dealer. Especially a heroin dealer. They need them so they don't get sick. Plus unfortunately users were probably looking all over for those brands PSH od'ed on. They figure it must be strong stuff and wanted it. It is sad he died, but the cops are doing this for the media. The dealers were greedy & shouldn't have sold him so much. I think he knew what would happen and expected it. He must have been VERY depressed. I am bipolar & know how low you can get. Add alcohol and opiates & it is a recipe for a OD. RIP PSH

226 days ago

boo boo    

Bets are on this being another story tmz has simply made up.

226 days ago


I hope the cops deliver a little Unofficial, Off The Record Justice in the processing of these four Turds.

226 days ago


Some drugs just take away your soul. Your Spirit. Than your life. I know. The unsettling part is how humans treat drug addicts. It's an addiction and disease like know other OTC drugs, coffee, cigs, alcohol, legal substances, junk food. Take your pick. Learn something from these people. Life is precious. Treat your body like a nice Vgina :)

226 days ago

boo boo    

Those 2 guys are the only dudes in NYC selling heroin? There's no possible way PSH had other dealers? Please!

226 days ago


Hoffman made millions, he could at least paid for the good $HIT!

226 days ago


NOBODY kills a talented, although somewhat strung out, actor in our town and gets away with it! --NYPD

226 days ago


It's a shame that the death of an actor gets such a strong response and investigation while countless "nobodies" suffer the same fate daily while the authorities pay them no attention. RIP everyone who lost their battle to these demons.

226 days ago


so you need to be famous and dead for cops to do something,sound about right.

226 days ago


TMZ, you are all over this! Thank You!

226 days ago


People would have cut off their pinky fingers to be where you were. Truly gifted actors have studied for years to try to get the status you had. I also find it iconic that law enforcement brings out the cavalry in the form of special interest for actors who get a lot of money to pretend. But his reality is that he's dead.

226 days ago

oh paleez    

anytime they take any drug dealer off the street, no matter what the situation or who they sold to is a win in my book!!

226 days ago
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