Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robert Vineberg’s Arrest and Release

Philip Seymour Hoffman dies from mixing drugs and alcoholThe Connection between Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robert Vineberg

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away on February 2, 2014 due to an overdose of mixed cocktail of heroin, cocaine, amphetamines and benzodiazepines. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s head medical correspondent stated at the time that addicts who consume mixed drugs like that on a regular basis often don’t feel their effects, which can lead to them taking an ever-increasing amount of the dosage. As a result, it has an impact on their respiratory abilities.

Afterward, many were astounded to discover that Philip Seymour Hoffman had a heroin dealer who allegedly was saxophonist, Robert Vineberg. He was arrested just two days after Hoffman was found dead when police received an anonymous tip and discovered almost 300 glassine bags of heron in Vineberg’s West Village apartment. Vineberg has maintained that he’s innocent of ever having sold to Hoffman. However, during his hearing on June 25th, he claimed that he had sold to Hoffman a few times but that Hoffman hadn’t liked his brand of heroin. He claimed that he’d started selling heroin in order to support his own drug habit and when his musician’s income had started to become unstable and drop away.

Vineberg has since pleaded guilty to possession of heroin, which he has allegedly been using off and on for the past three decades without any legal trouble whatsoever. As a result, jail time for him was denied and instead, he has agreed to 25 days of community service, to maintain court-supervised drug treatment and to forfeit the over $1,000 that was confiscated during his arrest. Since Vineberg has changed small details of his story since his arrest, his drug connection to Hoffman remains unclear at this time.

Vineberg’s case is a prime example of how even if you do get away with using and/or selling drugs for several years, there is always a risk of overdose or of being caught and arrested. Drugs may make a plethora amount of money per gram and is therefore, often thought of as a primary income for many dealers. However, being a dealer is hazardous and illegal work. It is also not very honest work. If you or one of your connections overdoses to death, there’s always a chance that there will also be at least one arrest.


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