UPDATED 02/05/14 12:29 a.m.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The NYPD has arrested four people on drug charges, and police were questioning them late Tuesday in connection to drug sales to actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Sources told CBS 2 the arrests happened at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in a building on Mott Street in NoHo. All four unnamed suspects were charged with possession of narcotics.
They were being questioned at an unspecified police precinct for the sale of heroin, sources said.
Police searched three apartments at the Mott Street building. They arrested two men in one apartment where they found 50 bags of heroin, and arrested a man and woman in another where an unspecified number of bags of heroin were found, sources said.
In a third apartment in the building, police found 300 bags of heroin.
None of the bags of heroin police recovered had the “Ace of Spades” branding that was seen with the heroin found with Hoffman’s body.
It remained unknown late Tuesday whether the suspects were actually believed to be Hoffman’s drug dealers.
Meanwhile, a police official said Tuesday that heroin recovered at the Oscar-winning actor’s apartment after he was found there dead with a syringe in his arm has tested negative for the powerful additive fentanyl.
Samples taken from Hoffman’s West Village apartment didn’t contain the potent synthetic morphine, which is added to intensify the high and has been linked to 22 suspected overdose deaths in western Pennsylvania, said the official, who wasn’t authorized to talk about the evidence and insisted on anonymity.
Tests have confirmed there was heroin in at least some of the 70 glassine bags found in Hoffman’s home, a law enforcement officials told WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell.
The envelopes were stamped “Ace of Spades” and “Ace of Hearts,” both brands that are known to sometimes be mixed with fentanyl.