Three Held Over Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death Arraigned On Drug Charges

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February 6, 2014 | 3:56am EST

Three of the four people arrested in connection with the death of tragic actor Philip Seymour Hoffman have been arraigned on drug charges.
Hoffman was found dead at his New York apartment on Sunday following a suspected drug overdose, and on Tuesday police swooped on four suspects thought to have played a part in supplying drugs to the actor.
Police allegedly found packets of heroin near the actor’s body and a witness claims to have seen Hoffman buying drugs from two men near his home in Manhattan.
Three of the men arrested have now appeared in court to answer drug charges. One, Robert Vineberg, pleaded not guilty to felony possession of heroin with intent to supply.
Vineberg’s attorney Ed Kraft tells, “These charges have nothing to do with the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.”
Two more men have been charged with one count of possessing cocaine, but the fourth man was not charged due to lack of evidence.
An autopsy of the actor’s body carried out on Monday proved inconclusive and further toxicology and tissue tests will be carried out.