Source: 4 arrested in connection with drugs in Philip Seymour Hoffman’s apartment

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NEW YORK (CNN) — Four people thought to be connected to the drugs found in late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s apartment were arrested late Tuesday night, law enforcement officials told CNN.

During the raid that yielded the arrest of the three men and one woman, police recovered 350 glassine-type bags of what is believed to be heroin, the officials said.

No additional information was released.

When police were called to Hoffman’s fourth-floor Manhattan apartment Sunday, they found the actor lying on the bathroom floor with a syringe in his left arm. He was wearing shorts and a T-shirt, his eyeglasses still resting on his head, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the inquiry.

Investigators discovered close to 50 envelopes of what they believed was heroin in the apartment, the law enforcement sources said. They also found used syringes, prescription drugs and empty glassine-type bags, the sources said.

No fentanyl found

Preliminary tests Tuesday showed the heroin recovered from the apartment does not contain fentanyl, a law enforcement official told CNN. More testing will be done.

Fentanyl is a powerful narcotic used to treat cancer patients’ pain.

Last week, Maryland officials said heroin tainted with fentanyl had claimed at least 37 lives since September. And last month, at least 22 people died after using heroin mixed with fentanyl in western Pennsylvania.

While results of an autopsy will definitively reveal exactly how Hoffman, 46, died, the role heroin may or may not have played is a key part of the investigation.

Final hours

Police are trying to piece together the actor’s movements last weekend as they look for anyone who might be linked to the drugs that apparently killed him.

On Tuesday, a law enforcement source told CNN that the night before Hoffman died, he withdrew $1,200 from a grocery store ATM near his apartment.

Hoffman got the money in six transactions Saturday night, according to the source.

A witness told investigators he saw the Oscar-winning actor talking to two men wearing messengers bags about 8 p.m.

Police are also reviewing surveillance video, including one of a restaurant where Hoffman had brunch Saturday morning with two people.

‘I’m a heroin addict’

In a 2011 interview with “60 Minutes,” Hoffman discussed his past struggles with drug and alcohol addiction.

“Anything I could get my hands on, I liked it all,” he said.

Fear, Hoffman said, made him sober up.

“You get panicked. … I was 22 and I got panicked for my life, it really was, it was just that,” he said. “And I always think, ‘God, I have so much empathy for these young actors that are 19 and all of a sudden are beautiful and famous and rich.’ I’m like, ‘Oh my God. I’d be dead.'”

But last year, Hoffman said he’d fallen off the wagon, started taking prescription pills and slipped into snorting heroin, according to TMZ.

Magazine writer John Arundel said he met the actor at the Sundance Film festival in Utah two weeks before his death.

“I said, ‘What do you do? And at that point, he took off his hat and he said, ‘I’m a heroin addict,’ ” Arundel said.

“Didn’t look like he was (joking). Seemed like he was having one of those ‘coming to God’ moments- where it just stuck him as, ‘this is the revelatory moment.'”

But actor George Clooney said he had dinner with him a few months ago, and he seemed fine.

“I have to say he seemed in pretty good shape,” Clooney said. “I mean, there’s no way to explain it.”

Dim the lights

Family and close friends of the actor will hold a private funeral service in New York. Plans are also under way for a memorial service later this month. No information on the dates was available.

On Wednesday night, the famed Broadway theater district will dim its marquees for one minute at 7:45 p.m. in Hoffman’s memory.

Hoffman appeared on Broadway three times.

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  • es821

    crazy we know more about his death in this short time than we do about Benghazi even after hearings and plenty of time to look at the facts.

    • d_g

      how is that any surprise? there are at least 1000x more moving parts to an investigation like Benghazi than this. here, one American man died in his home on American soil, peacefully… autopsies can easily be done on one person and a good idea of what happened takes shape nearly immediately.

      meanwhile, Benghazi is a very politically-charged issue that took place halfway around the world, where there are likely tons of red tape and local bureaucracy to wade through. you are comparing apples and Corvettes.

      besides, what on *earth* does Benghazi have to do with anything?

  • Karen Zaorski

    Yes precious, it is worth it. And as far as the comment, ‘funny where our priorities are starting to fall’….this drug epidemic is killing people left and right….so it’s about time our priority was to understand why and do something about it. This nation must shed the stigma and shame and address addiction for what it is. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease that severely alters brain areas critical to decision-making, learning, memory, judgement, and behavior control which may explain the compulsive and destructive behaviors of addiction. Addiction doesn’t discriminate, who all know someone affected. Share your voice.

  • Scooter

    My comment “funny where our priorities are starting to fall” had nothing to do with the drug epidemic that is sweeping this country. I agree wholeheartedly that we all should make it a priority to understand why and do something about it. I just think it is sad that when it is someone from Hollywood that dies of a drug epidemic that we are so fast to find the “perpetrators” and yet we don’t offer the same benefits to those who not of Hollywood status.

  • Lorelie Rozzano (@LorelieRozzano)

    Addiction doesn’t play favorites. It doesn’t care what you do for a living, or how much money you have in the bank. Whether you’re a celebrity, or a housewife, is besides the point. Addiction is a progressive and terminal illness and one that’s witnessed by many. We all play a role in this. If you really want things to change, speak up!

  • GG

    I’m sorry…. Did I miss the part where someone FORCED him to stick the needle into his arm??? Addiction doesn’t play favorites that is for sure. But where does personal responsibility and the fact that you can always say no come into play?

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