New York City police officers last night arrested three men and a woman in a downtown Manhattan apartment building who might have been suppliers of the heroin that killed actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, reports the New York Daily News. Acting on informants' tips that the deadly drug originated from a Mott Street location, cops arrested the four suspected dealers — two men in their 50s and a man and a woman in their 20s and seized more than 350 bags of heroin from 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. Officially, the police department told other news sources there was no established link between the arrests and Hoffman’s death.
Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday in his T-shirt and shorts with a needle in his left arm — and 70 baggies of heroin — in his $10,000-a-month apartment. Dogged by his heroin habit, the Oscar-winning actor showed up in search of moral support at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting Jan. 26, the Daily News said.