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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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106.

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.

204 days ago
107.

Marlena    

REALLY.....He chose to stick that needle so many times in his arm and they have to have find some one to blame his death on .....SERIOUSLY the guy to blame is the one who is STILL DEAD.....This tortured soul did it to himself .....Hoffman you are dead because of your own doing ...no one forced you ....RIP

204 days ago
108.

Clinton    

How sad...
What a waste of life.

204 days ago
109.

Your S&M Girlfriend    

It's out there. They know it't out there. I get it that PSH was a big star but where I live yesterday they busted some fat fvck bitch for dealing whose own 17 year old daughter had a near fatal overdose. There have been about 25 deaths in my state and who knows how many near deaths but now that a celeb dies from his stuff it is suddenly a critical situation. Go figure.

204 days ago
110.

Zander    

It seems like the dealers are being held responsible as though they were his 'physicians' . Actual AMA doctors kill people with dangerous drugs all day long and don't get in much if any trouble. I'd like to see actual physicians & pharmaceutical companies held to the same standard as these dealers. That would make sense.

204 days ago
111.

Mark    

Rest in peace Philip. Four people arrested. all this means is that four more more people will take their place selling heroin unless we learn to go after the source of where heroin comes from. We have to declare real war on the countries and people who are bringing this evil heroin to this country. Get rid of the source get rid of the problem.

204 days ago
112.

Pyegow    

The police raided these people because they received a credible tip. It has nothing to do with him being a white celebrity. If one of your children died of an overdose, and nobody steps up to tell the police who sold it to them, their is nothing to go on, therefore nothing can be done.

204 days ago
113.

Jay Love    

I say Hooray for the NYPD for taking the leads they had back to the junkie dealers they could prove are engaging in this trafficing and busting them hard!! and NO, I do not think the cops never go and hunt down dealers unless its a high profile case such as this, I believe they are out pounding the streets every day and night in the Narco division trying to take these guys down and make life harder for them? I think these many arrests that happen we just never hear about because they are not covered by the media, whom only want to print stories like PSH that will sell papers at the news stand? in case anyone has forgot selling Heroin is a really bad crime, supposed to be one of the top ones we as a society say we do not tolerate if we have a choice? so I say to NYPD good going, hope you find ten more nests out there and clean them out as well, send the perps to prison for as many years as possible!!!

204 days ago
114.

tony    

The Feds cant make arrests in Fast and Furious, the IRS Scandal or Benghazi but NYPD arrests the killers of Hoffman in less than a week.

204 days ago
115.

Bejouxkerr    

So a regular user who ODs doesnt matter?! That's a mess. PSH's life was no more important than the average usewho ODs everyday. Yes, it's very sad. Yes, his notoriety might help raise awareness and get a few dealers off the street - TEMPORARILY. The bigger story is that with all that talent, fame and fortune; addiction still took him down like it does to so many. I feel bad for his family now.

204 days ago
116.

Openfly    

Drug dealers should be held accountable for the actions of their customers while their customers are on the drugs they sold,so drug dealers choose your customers carefully.

204 days ago
117.

bkblueknight    

i thought drug dealers intentionally avoided selling lethal quantities for this reason exactly. dead people, and investigations. PSH's dealers were dumb and greedy.

204 days ago
118.

Glenn    

If they want to go after them because they're drug dealers, that's totally fine. The **** kills people. Chasing them specifically because their product killed a famous person? He was a big boy. He knew what he was doing and knew it would kill him but couldn't stop. He knew where all the rehabs were too so it's not like help wasn't there if he reached out. Still sad though

204 days ago
119.

priscilla    

And the rest of America are trippin about Marijuana?! smh

204 days ago
120.

wga    

Throw the Book at those low life Drug dealers!!!!

204 days ago
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