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Philip Seymour Hoffman Death

Drug Suspects Arraigned

2/5/2014 5:23 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Three of the four people arrested in what cops believe may be a link to Philip Seymour Hoffman's death were in court, and have been arraigned on drug charges.

Robert Vineberg -- the man a police informant claims sold drugs to him and Hoffman -- pled not guilty to felony possession of heroin with an intent to sell.

Vineberg's attorney, Ed Kratt, tells TMZ, "these charges have NOTHING to do with the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman."

Juliana Luchkiw and Max Rosenblum are NOT charged with heroin possession.  Instead, prosecutors have charged them with 1 count each for possession of cocaine ... a misdemeanor.

We spoke with the lawyer for Juliana who pled not guilty.  The lawyer says his client has never met Hoffman. 

A fourth man --Thomas Cushman -- was arrested but not charged with a crime due to lack of evidence.

TMZ broke the story .... an informant who triggered the bust has told cops ... Vineberg was Hoffman's main dealer, and the actor came by his apartment twice a week to score dozens of bags of heroin.

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46.

robert    

So this junkie buys 70 bags of ace heroin and OD's with a needle in his arm, and they blame the dealer. Really..... Is anyone still responsible for their own actions anymore!?! You withdraw the money, you buy the drugs, you do the drugs, you die, your fault.

202 days ago
47.

betterdaysahead    

word up people...en DEALERS let the addicts know they are doing too much!!! had addicts in my famly....howmany times re we gonna blame the dealers?

202 days ago
48.

Jay    

PSH was one of my favorite actors with that said this manhunt bothers me because so many people OD here in our city yet the NYPD is going all out because this time it was a wealthy celeb. Two people who more than likely had nothing to do with this mans death have been sitting in jail since Tuesday of this week on misdomeanor charges since no bail has been set. That is pretty much unheard of. You better bet that if it was Mr. Hoffman in court for the misdemeanor charge he would have been let out as fast as he was taken in.

202 days ago
49.

Archon    

Whatever the reason for the addiction be it insecurity, depression, self-loathing, I am perpetually amazed at the praise and pity by the acting community gives but ignores the fact for all his success he completely failed at life. It is this community of celebrities that not only fail in their personal lives but as leaders of society they fail us too. They set the poorest example to upcoming generations.

201 days ago
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