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Four Charged In Connection With Drugs At Actor Hoffman's Home


NEW YORK, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Four people arrested in New York have been charged with drugs offences possibly connected to narcotics found at the home of film starPhilip Seymour Hoffman following his death of an apparent heroin overdose, police officials said on Wednesday.

The four were arrested on Tuesday during a raid on a building in the Chinatowndistrict of Manhattan after police traced what they believe to have been the source of the heroin suspected of killing the Oscar-winning actor.

New York police Sergeant Thomas Antonetti, without linking the arrests to Hoffman's death, named the four as Robert Vineberg, 57, Thomas Cushman, 48, Max Rosenblum and Juliana Luchkiw, both 22.

The older two were charged with felony drug possession and the younger two were charged with misdemeanor drug possession, he said.

Separate police sources said the raid was conducted in connection with Hoffman's death and scores of bags of what appeared to be heroin were recovered.