Swift action by the police is a far cry from their efforts after the death of Heath Ledger in 2008 from a prescription drug overdose.
The feelgood doctors who wrote him the prescriptions were never identified or prosecuted.
But with much of the East Coast caught in the grip of a heroin epidemic, police moved quickly in Hoffman’s death. More than 100 people have died from overdoses over the past several weeks from Boston to Washington, D.C. and as far west as Pittsburgh.
The celebrated, Academy Award winning actor was found dead Sunday (Feb. 2) in his West Village apartment. A needle was still stuck in his arm when his body was discovered.
In addition to the arrests Tuesday (Feb 4), police said they also confiscated more than 350 stamp bags of heroin, according to The New York Times.
Three apartments at 302 Mott Street were hit in the raid. Three men and a woman were arrested. The apartment building is about a mile from Hoffman’s West Village apartment.
Investigators found more than 50 small bags of heroin in Hoffman’s apartment building branded as “Ace of Spades,” and “Ace of Hearts.”
The bags confiscated in the raid were not branded with the same names, the official said, raising a question whether those arrested sold drugs to the 46-year-old actor.
But a drug user who bought from the dealers reportedly told police he saw Hoffman buying drugs there on more than one occasion, according to gossip site TMZ.
Police confirmed that Hoffman did not die from a deadly brand of heroin containing the pain killer Fentanyl. TheImproper reported Sunday (Feb. 2) that Fentanyl-laced heroin had turned up all along the East Coast and is responsible for more than 100 deaths.