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Drug Dealers Arrested in Connection with Philip Seymour Hoffman Death

Police arrested four people with more than 350 bags of heroin in connection with the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, the NYT reports:

HoffmanNarcotics investigators executed search warrants in three apartments in a building at 302 Mott Street on Tuesday evening, the official said. Three men and a woman were arrested, and the investigators recovered the bags of heroin inside the apartments.

Information stemming from the investigation into Mr. Hoffman’s death led them to the building, the official said. Mr. Hoffman, widely considered one of the best actors of his generation, died on Sunday in an apparent heroin overdose.

Police have also determined that the heroin in Hoffman's apartment was not the strain responsible for 22 fatalities recently in Pennsylvania.

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  1. YES.

    Posted by: David C. | Feb 5, 2014 9:59:35 AM


  2. Do they arrest the liquor store owner when the neighborhood wino dies of liver failure too?

    Posted by: Raymond | Feb 5, 2014 10:01:05 AM


  3. Maybe not, Raymond, but liquor is legal, whereas heroin is not.

    Posted by: Neil | Feb 5, 2014 10:17:47 AM


  4. A famous movie star dies and they run out and arrest his drug dealers. Nobody put a gun to Hoffman's head and made him take the drugs.
    If an average, non-famous person died from the same thing, he would be another statistic, and I doubt that the police would be out hunting for the dealers.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Feb 5, 2014 10:25:37 AM


  5. I'm not sure about the laws in all states, but when I used to tend bar, bartenders could be arrested and charged if someone they had served went out driving drunk and hurt or killed someone. Same was true of hosts of private parties with regard to their guests. Just a point of info.

    Posted by: kit | Feb 5, 2014 10:37:04 AM


  6. Not all heroine is the same. As the lead in notes, this strain has been linked to multiple deaths. Yes, there would have been interested in finding the dealers, regardless. Was there heightened interest, perhaps; I can't imagine that anyone on this blog is in a position to say, for sure.

    Posted by: Ken | Feb 5, 2014 10:51:41 AM


  7. Kit, the Dram-Shop Act to which you refer is a useless law. The defense is, "prolly someone else gave him a drink after he left my bar." Case dismissed. No one is ever found guilty.

    Raymond, They're supposed to: Supplying alcohol to a known alcoholic is manslaughter if not more. Certainly a civil case for wrongful death can be made.

    David, How do YOU know that nobody put a gun to his head? You can bet that dozens of heroin overdoses are forced suicides of snitches or used up whores.

    What a shame. Such a fine, wide-range actor.

    Posted by: oldfox | Feb 5, 2014 11:15:29 AM


  8. Bad heroin?....Is there such thing as a "Good heroin"?...

    Posted by: Ankerich | Feb 5, 2014 11:34:04 AM


  9. My! How quickly they were able to arrest people! Or course, what is missing in the above report is that heroin use is rampant in NYC and it is easier to get than loosies in the local bodega. It is only because Mr. Hoffman's death is high-profile that those arrests were even made. Of course, the anti-marijuana crowd is saying "See! It's marijuana's fault!" It's all nonsense. Mr. Hoffman's death is tragic, yes. But as someone stated, he chose to shoot up. A stupid choice but it was his choice.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Feb 5, 2014 11:34:54 AM


  10. Whether or not law enforcement was spurred into action of Mr. Hoffman's death - and I'm sure they were - bottom line is a lot less heroin is going to be on the streets now and that is only a good thing.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 5, 2014 12:39:54 PM


  11. So, the NYPD was embarrassed enough by Hoffman's death to go out and arrest heroin dealers when probably a dozen other junkies died during the same period and no arrests are made? This is not a good start to BdB's administration. So, crime only happens to "important" people in this administration?

    Posted by: anon | Feb 5, 2014 1:47:52 PM


  12. David From Canada -- I suspect that if an average, non-famous person died of a heroin overdose and the police found phone records, emails, or anything else incriminating the dealers, they damn well for sure would have arrested the dealers. They're going after them not because Philip Seymour Hoffman was famous but because they are dealing highly dangerous and highly illegal drugs.

    Posted by: Kevin_BGFH | Feb 5, 2014 2:31:25 PM


  13. What David from Canada said. All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others. Rest assured if the dead druggie was an unemployed 29 year old guy from Staten Island, he wouldn't have received a fraction of the attention Mr. Hoffman's overdose has, especially the police response. Of course the police and prosecutors involved will make a name for themselves, their careers, and pad their resumes with the case of the famous heroin addict actor, as opposed to Joe Schmoe from S.I..

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 5, 2014 7:15:52 PM


  14. An arrest? I bet Philip Seymour Hoffman is white. Or possibly rich.

    Posted by: bravo | Feb 5, 2014 8:04:39 PM


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