Suspected Hoffman Heroin Dealers Arrested in NYC
Four people have been arrested in association with the death of renowned actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, the New York Daily News reports. Acting on an anonymous tip from a person who claimed to know where the heroin that killed Hoffman had originated from, police arrested four suspected heroin dealers from an apartment on Mott Street in lower Manhattan.
Police sources who spoke to the publication said that Thomas Cushman, 48; Robert Vineberg, 57; Juliana Luchkiw, 22; and Max Rosenblum, 22, were all arrested Tuesday night and 350 baggies of heroin were confiscated along with drug paraphernalia. At this time, police aren’t sure whether the people who were arrested sold heroin to Hoffman. Cushman was the only person arrested who didn’t live in the Mott Street building and was only charged with misdemeanor possession. The other three people were arrested on charges of criminal use of paraphernalia and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
The 46-year-old Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment with a needle in his arm on Sunday, surrounded by 70 baggies of heroin. Some of the bags of heroin found in his apartment were labeled “Ace of Spades” and “Ace of Hearts.” None of the heroin confiscated from the Mott Street apartment had those names.
More details about Hoffman’s final days are beginning to emerge. Hoffman attended an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting on January 26, just a week before his body was found. Regular attendees of the group told the Daily News that Hoffman had gone to the meetings held near his apartment in the West Village on a regular basis for about 25 years while he was sober before relapsing last year. After starting to use again, Hoffman’s partner and mother of his three children, Mimi O’Donnell, kicked him out of the residence they shared.