Four suspected heroin dealers arrested after actor's overdose
Police busted the foursome at a Mott St. apartment, acting on a tip the heroin that killed Hoffman originated from the location. Officials also disclosed that the heroin found in Hoffman's apartment did not contain the pain reliever fentanyl, which has killed 22 people in Pennsylvania.
Cops Tuesday night busted three men and a woman in a downtown Manhattan apartment building who might have been suppliers of the heroin that killed Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Acting on informants’ tips that the deadly drug originated from the Mott St. location, cops arrested the four suspected dealers — two men in their 50s and a man and a woman in their 20s — at around 7 p.m. and seized more than 350 bags of heroin from three apartments, police sources said.
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 sources said.
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The body of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, is removed from his apartment Sunday.
A police source said investigators did preliminary testing of the heroin and detected no fentanyl, a powerful pain reliever. Heroin cut with fentanyl has killed 22 people in Pennsylvania.
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Mimi O'Donnell (left) and Philip Seymour Hoffman at an October 2011 film premiere in New York City.
Some of the baggies found in Hoffman’s apartment had “Ace of Spades” written on them, sources said. Others were stamped “Ace of Hearts.”
None of the heroin bags recovered from the rundown Nolita tenement building were marked “Ace of Hearts” or “Ace of Spades,” sources said.
Police closed off Mott St. near Houston St. around 6 p.m. and a crowd of officers emerged with the four suspects around 9 p.m.
All four suspected dealers lived in apartments on the fourth and fifth floors, said the building superintendent, who would only identify himself as Victor.
“They were quiet. They were not a problem,” the superintendent said, adding the suspects had lived in the building for two or three years.
The suspects did draw a constant stream of people to the building, he said.
“There was a lot of people in and out all the time,” he said. “I didn’t suspect drug traffic.”
Forty to 50 cops descended on the building for the busts, according to a witness from the neighborhood. As police emerged with two handcuffed suspects, one officer said, “Philip Seymour Hoffman’s drug dealer lived here,” the witness claimed.