Four people 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, police officials said.
The four were arrested during a raid on a building in the Chinatown district of Manhattan yesterday after police traced what they believe 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.
The older two were charged with felony drug possession and the younger two were charged with misdemeanor drug possession, he said.
One law enforcement source confirmed to NBC that Philip Seymour Hoffman's phone number was found on the cell phone of one the men arrested during the raid.
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