Police Arrest Hoffman's Possible Dealers


Philip Seymour Hoffman

I'm very sad that Philip Seymour Hoffman is no longer with us. I think it's awful and the way he apparently went, via drug overdose is purely tragic. He must have been suffering great inner turmoil to turn to heroin to start with. But this tragedy was of his own making. Sad, but true.

Now comes my controversial take on this. First the facts, then the comment that's sure to rile a number of you.

Via HuffPo:

Police have made multiple arrests in connection with the investigation into the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Although information stemming from the investigation into Hoffman’s death led the police to the building where Rosenblum, Luchkiw, Vineberg and Cushman were, none of them have been charged with the sale of drugs and a firm connection to Hoffman has not been established, officials explained.

The paper [NY Times] says a tip led police to the building. TMZ reports that the tip came from a heroin user who claims to have shared a dealer with the actor.

Now here's my problem. Is this a murder investigation? No one that I've heard about forced Hoffman to abuse himself with drugs. He did this himself. I have heard of a lot of his friends who after the fact shared their concern about the actor just prior to his passing. Where were they before this tragedy? Why didn't some of them, even one of them, act before this? Those are the people who I'm shocked about. I'm not as concerned with his alleged dealers, though I am a bit surprised that it took a shared heroin user to come forward to shed some real light on this whole matter.


The NYPD made some rather quick busts. Though they've only only arrested these individuals for possession so far, the amount of the heroin they found in their apartments cast little doubt they'll shortly accuse them of "intent to sell." But are they also going to charge them with conspiracy to commit murder over the actor's death? Did they contribute more than the "friends" who knew Hoffman was back on the junk and did nothing about it? That's what I'm afraid of.

I'm not supporting these users who were arrested. Possession of this controlled substance is a crime. But there are tragic heroin deaths every day. If a random tip came in from a confessed heroin user would the police have moved so quickly to make arrests, or are they just playing on the celebrity of the late Academy Award Winner?

Pardon me for proffering such curiosity, but I stand by what I said. I'm glad to see these heroin dealers (if they get charged with that) off the street, but I'm not sure this police action wasn't for the wrong reason. Are they trying to take advantage of a tragedy to take the light off the fact that they should have been working harder to get the "sh*t" out of addicts' hands to start with?  Maybe now with 'stop and frisk' off the books, they'll have time.

But really, who's ultimately to blame for this and other drug-related losses?

I'm stuck asking, would these four arrests have happened if this was not a celebrity tragedy? Would the NYPD have followed up so quickly if this was Bill or Janet Hoffman, not Philip Seymour?