Former Minnesotan charged in Philip Seymour Hoffman investigation


One of the suspects charged in the investigation into the heroin overdose of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has Minnesota ties, FOX 9 reports.

Max Rosenblum, 22, went to Hopkins High School through his junior year, the station says. He is reportedly a popular DJ in New York City's rave scene.

The New York Times says Rosenblum and his girlfriend, Juliana Luchkiw, 22, are each charged with misdemeanor drug possession, while Robert Vinberg, 57, is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. All three are being held without bail.

Charges against a fourth suspect were dropped, the Times says.

Hoffman was found dead of a suspected heroin overdose in his New York City apartment Sunday. He was 46.

The Los Angeles Times says an autopsy of Hoffman's body by the New York City Medical Examiner Wednesday was inconclusive, and more medical tests are needed.

A person who went to summer camp with Rosenblum tells FOX 9 says the man wasn't particularly well-liked, and claims Rosenblum was talking about drugs as early as grade school.

"He was one of the first people to try drugs in our camp group," Josh Klane told the station. "He was always the guy telling us about drugs."

The suspects were arrested by narcotics investigators Tuesday night in New York City in a raid where police seized more than 350 packets of heroin.

The New York Times says police found Hoffman dead with a needle in his left arm and dozens of heroin packets.

Some of the packets were reportedly labeled “Ace of Spades” or with a mark for an ace of hearts, but none of the packets found in Tuesday's raid had those markings, an anonymous law enforcement official told the paper.

The New York Times says none of the three have histories of drug sales, and Luchkiw and Vinberg have no prior arrests.

The paper says Rosenblum was arrested in March 2010 and charged with possession of a small amount of narcotics, and selling alcohol without a license at a Lower East Side location in New York City, which police described as a bar or a club.

The former Minnesotan has two other arrests but those records are sealed, the Times says.


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