Philip Seymour Hoffman poses with his Best Actor award for
'Capote' at the 2006 Golden Globes. REUTERS/Lucy
Three men and one woman arrested in New York have been
charged with drugs offences possibly connected to narcotics
found at the home of film star Philip Seymour Hoffman following
his death of an apparent heroin overdose.
Although Hoffman was found with a syringe in his arm, the
cause of his death remained undetermined and more study was
needed, said Julie Bolcer, a spokeswoman for New York City's
Chief Medical Examiner.
The four were arrested on Tuesday (local time) during a raid
on a building in lower Manhattan after police traced what
they believed to have been the source of the heroin suspected
of killing the Oscar-winning actor.
New York police Sergeant Thomas Antonetti, without linking
the arrests to Hoffman's death, named the four as Robert
Vineberg, 57; Thomas Cushman, 48; Max Rosenblum and Juliana
Luchkiw, both 22.
Vineberg and Cushman were charged with felony drug possession
and Rosenblum and Luchkiw with misdemeanor drug possession,
Separate police sources said the raid was conducted in
connection with Hoffman's death and scores of bags of what
appeared to be heroin were recovered.
A police spokesman told Reuters on Tuesday evening that
heroin found in Hoffman's apartment after his death was not
cut or mixed with fentanyl, a synthetic narcotic believed by
health authorities to be responsible for scores of overdose
deaths in recent months.
"There was no fentanyl found in the drugs," the spokesman
"ACE OF SPADES"
The 46-year-old actor was found unresponsive on the bathroom
floor of his Manhattan apartment on Sunday by police
responding to an emergency 911 call.
Police found Hoffman with a syringe in his arm and recovered
plastic bags containing a substance believed to be heroin.
Law enforcement sources have told Reuters he died of an
apparent drug overdose.
Dozens of small, glassine drug pouches were discovered in the
apartment, many of them stamped with the words "Ace of
Spades" in white lettering inside, according to a third law
enforcement source involved in the Hoffman investigation.
Others were stamped with an ace of hearts playing card image.
Hoffman, who is survived by his partner, Mimi O'Donnell, and
their three children, had detailed his struggles with
substance abuse in the past.
The actor, who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of
Truman Capote in the 2006 drama "Capote" and was considered
one of the most gifted film stars of his generation, had
sought treatment last year after more than 20 years of
A representative for Hoffman said the actor, who also
appeared in blockbusters such as "Twister" and "The Hunger
Games," will be buried after a private service, with a public
memorial planned for later this month.