Four people have been arrested in connection with the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The Oscar-winning actor was found dead in his New York City apartment on Sunday, aged 46. He is believed to have suffered a heroin overdose as a needle was still in his arm when his body was found.
On Tuesday evening police in the city took four suspects into custody, three men and one woman. They were arrested in a Manhattan apartment building on Mott St., with New York Daily News reporting they might be the people who supplied Philip with the drugs.
Two of the men are in their 50s and one and the woman are in their 20s. Cops were acting on information from an informant, who apparently said the illegal substance might have originated from the property. The suspects were taken into custody at 7pm local time, with 350 bags of heroin uncovered in three apartments.
“Police were not certain if those arrested actually sold the lethal heroin to Hoffman or if they are part of a larger drug distribution ring,” the publication reports a source said.
The superintendent of the building told New York Daily News the suspects have lived there for between two and three years and didn’t have an unusually large amount of visitors.
“They were quiet. They were not a problem,” he said.
It’s reported over 40 police were involved in last night’s raid, with one onlooker claiming an officer spoke to the waiting crowd when cops emerged with the men and woman.
“Philip Seymour Hoffman’s drug dealer lived here,” it is claimed the law enforcement official said.
Some testing on the heroin seized has already taken place and it doesn’t contain pain reliever fentanyl. This was the substance found in a bath of the drug which was implicated in the deaths of 22 people in Pennsylvania, with speculation it could have caused Philip’s passing.
There are conflicting reports about how much heroin was found in the apartment where the actor’s body was discovered. It has been suggested there was as much as 50 unopened bags and 20 which were unsealed. They were all stamped with Ace of Spades and Ace of Hearts logos, which weren’t on any of the packages seized yesterday.
Philip had been clean for 23 years when he checked into rehab for help last year. It’s unknown when he started taking drugs again but he did attend an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting on January 26 – his first in some time.
He was apparently living in the apartment after his partner of 14 years Mimi O’Donnell decided to show him some tough love in the home it would help him beat his addiction. The two have three young children together.
On Saturday evening Philip drew out $1,200 in several visits to ATMs within an hour.
© Cover Media