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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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91.

Ssmith    

To all of you ignorant individuals... I agree w Damien from the Bronx! It's ok that the gov hands out Oxys and morphiene like candy, it's easier to get percs from a dr then antibiotics and that's how it all starts... And they won't legalize weed? TRUE IGNORANCE! Alcohol kills more people then heroin but alcohol is legal... When some drunk mows 3 people down... They don't arrest the person who sold the alcohol... What's the difference? Heroin doesn't kill you nearly as fast as alcohol... But that's legal. The guy had a problem, an addiction and for all you goodie goodies out there who "never do anything" that's hypocritical.. Everyone has a vice weather it's Oreos, dope, crack, the wine bottle or the slots... Everyone has a vice. Phillip should have dabbled first not go for the gusto! It's an addiction and it can happen to all walks of life it's NOT THE DRUGDEALERS FAULT THAT A WILLING CAPABLE GROWN ASS MAN PURCHASED SOME DOPE AND ODS.. That **** doesn't come w instructions!

239 days ago
92.

Pablo    

Well what do you know now. How young Peoples do not listen very well. Now his Soul is in Hell, Do you think God like this. This is a Shame waste life like this.

239 days ago
93.

Swords Woman    

Had this been just your average Joe, the cops would have shrugged & said, "Oh, well...just one less junkie we have to deal with" & moved on.
That is such BS!
#RecoveryWorks

239 days ago
94.

billybob    

"a musician for a famous rapper" Here we go: a black is mudering a white!

239 days ago
95.

Doubtfull    

Gee whiz, I thought you libs believed that drugs and dealing drugs are victimless crimes and should not be punished? Different story when it's a famous man or a family member of yours huh?

239 days ago
96.

Mint    

A lot of you fools are bitching..but I think it's because they found so many baggies that they had a trail they could go after. If he had a bag or two I don't think they would have been able to dig as much,

239 days ago
97.

Dave    

Come on someone has to take the responsibility for the irresponsible, this is now a world of bullies and haters and people demanding tolerance for the intolerant when just a few short decades ago it was just LIFE.

239 days ago
98.

freaksloan    

He was one of my favorite actors, but I have no sympathy for him. My sympathy is reserved for his young children.

What a selfish person he was, to do such a thing to his kids. What a horrible father.

239 days ago
99.

bibbob    

These drug dealers should be put to death. Crimes against humanity.

239 days ago
100.

Quinn    

And it only more celebrities would OD in NY. Because then it seems like the police would finally do something about the serious heroin problem her in NY & on LI. What a farking joke. This is how we get the police to finally do something?!!!!! People have been dying for years. Heroin is an epidemic around here. Well better late than never I guess. Hopefully they will continue on this path.

239 days ago
101.

bel26    

why is they blameing the drug dealers for his death , it's his faught he grown man

239 days ago
102.

Mary MacElveen    

Someone asked why these drug dealers are being targeted since he chose to use heroin. Let me remind you all, possession and sale of an illegal drug is a felony.

239 days ago
103.

esq777    

One celebrity dies and suddenly there are police raids.
Countless others die every day and nobody cares.

239 days ago
104.

Zander    

What were they, his 'physicians'? AMA medical doctors kill people with dangerous drugs & malpractice all day long and don't get arrested.

239 days ago
105.

Mark    

Four people arrested. That means four more people to take their place selling heroin unless we learn to go after the source where this drug comes from. We have to declare real war where heroin is coming from and wipe it out or the problem won`t go away.

239 days ago
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