Law enforcement officials: Suspect in NY drug case had actor Hoffman's cellphone number

  • Article by: JAKE PEARSON , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 5, 2014 - 9:25 PM

NEW YORK — At least one of four people arrested during an investigation of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's suspected fatal heroin overdose had the actor's cellphone number, two law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

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swmnguyFeb. 5, 1410:39 AM

I wonder how often fear of prosecution influences people not to seek help for those who have overdosed. It's pretty clear the punitive law-enforcement model hasn't done any good with our national drug problem. It's just made drug dealing more profitable for those unscrupulous or desperate enough to be willing to take the risk. And more dangerous for users, who may have no idea what they're getting, and have to hide in the shadows of illegality to feed their illness. A guy like Mr. Hoffman had the money and the experience to understand the risks perfectly well. Too bad his treatments didn't take. Some people have a hurt deep down inside no medication or therapy can treat.

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TRFeb. 5, 14 2:33 PM

Such a sad situation and such a huge loss to the acting world. Obviously great it Capote, but hilarious as well in Along Came Polly. One of my favorites.

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karendavid816Feb. 5, 14 2:44 PM

You think it is standard practice in NYC to go arrest drug dealers when someone OD's? It shouldn't take celebrity to get police to make the connection between death and dealer.

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geckojayFeb. 5, 14 3:10 PM

I dont like these laws that can charge dealers with murder if the user dies of an OD. The user is the one who decides to seek out, purchase, and use the drug. The charge for dealing should be the same regardless of the outcome to the user, unless the drug is cut with something toxic.

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whareidFeb. 5, 14 9:16 PM

OK! Enough already! This has been front page news since Hoffman's tragic death. He was a movie actor, not President of the free world. It is amazing how much news is given to something like this and real issues receive a scant line or two on a back page. I guess that tells us about what our society values most....and it's not pretty!

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plizzoFeb. 6, 14 7:54 AM

Heroin dealers and junkies in the liberal mecca of Greenwich Village, New York, NY? Say it isn't so! LOL.

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