4 Suspects Questioned About Heroin in Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Apartment: Sources

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Police are questioning four suspects arrested at a Manhattan apartment with hundreds of bags of heroin to see if they sold drugs to actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead of an apparent overdose, law enforcement sources tell NBC 4 New York.

The suspects — Robert Vineberg, 57, Thomas Kushman, 48, Max Rosenblum and Juliana Luchkiw, both 22 — were arrested on drug charges at an apartment on Mott Street in the East Village after police found more than 300 bags of heroin, sources say. It’s not immediately known if they have attorneys.

Police are looking into whether any of the suspects supplied drugs to Hoffman, who was found dead in the bathroom of his West Village apartment Sunday with a syringe in his arm, sources say. The Oscar-winning actor had been dead several hours when he was found by a friend and is suspected to have died of an overdose. An autopsy was performed on Monday.

Dozens of bags of heroin were found in Hoffman’s apartment, along with prescription drugs and a bag of white powder police were testing for cocaine. Purity tests Tuesday revealed that the heroin did not contain the powerful drug fentanyl, sources told NBC 4 New York. Heroin cut with the synthetic additive was linked to 22 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania.

Hoffman’s last known contacts on Saturday night were with his longtime girlfriend around 8 p.m., and a screenwriter friend about 9 p.m., officials said.

Sources say bank records show Hoffman withdrew $1,200 from an ATM at a supermarket near his West Village home between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. the night he died. A witness told investigators he saw Hoffman speaking with two men wearing messenger bags as he withdrew the money.

Detectives are looking into whether he bought the drugs the night of his death.

Hoffman, who was 46 and had three children, won the Oscar for Best Actor in 2006 for his starring role in “Capote.” He was nominated for Oscars three other times, including for 2012’s “The Master,” and he earned two Tony nominations for his work on Broadway.

Hoffman spoke over the years about past struggles with drug addiction. After 23 years sober, he admitted in interviews last year to falling off the wagon and developing a heroin problem that led to a stint in rehab.