NEW YORK (Reuters) - Four people were arrested in connection with drugs found at the home of film star Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death of an apparent heroin overdose as new details emerged of his last moments alive.
The arrests came during a raid on a building in the Chinatown district of Manhattan after police traced the heroin believed to have killed the Oscar-winning actor there, the newspaper reported.
A New York City Police Department spokesman told Reuters that officers found narcotics at the building in Chinatown and four people were arrested. He declined to confirm that the arrests were related to Hoffman's death.
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The exact connection between the arrests and Hoffman’s death is unclear – and the heroin recovered during Tuesday’s raid did not include the “Ace of Spades” labels of the drug bags found in Hoffman’s apartment.
The arrests come as police reportedly confirmed details of his final 'score' of heroin and cocaine in one final drug buy.
Hoffman stood with two drug dealers as he withdrew $1200 in six installments from an ATM just hours before he was found dead, law-enforcement sources told The New York Post.
“That’s when the [drug] transaction took place,” law-enforcement source said.
A police spokesman told Reuters on Tuesday evening that heroin found in Hoffman's apartment following his death was not cut or mixed with fentanyl, a synthetic narcotic believed by health authorities to be responsible for scores of overdose deaths in recent months.
"There was no fentanyl found in the drugs," the spokesman said.
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The Academy Award-winning actor's body was discovered on Sunday in a Greenwich Village apartment, officials said. Dozens of tiny bags of what appeared to be heroin were found in the apartment, police sources said.
Hoffman admitted his drug habit was going to kill him just weeks before his death.
The Capote actor reportedly told friends in December that he was struggling to stay clean from the narcotic for more than few days and even returned to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to get support to stay sober.
According to gossip website TMZ, the actor was drinking heavily and looked "disheveled and dirty" in the weeks before his death and when asked how bad his problem was, he replied: "If I don't stop I know I'm gonna die."
Jose Torres, who saw Philip at a meeting in Greenwich Village on January 24, recalled: "I told him to keep coming back, and he said, 'Yeah, I will'.
"I remember asking, 'How are you doing?' And he said, 'OK. There are the little situations in life. Life still shows up.'
"He went to a lot of different places, but he came here mostly."