A city-wide manhunt is on for the drug dealer who sold Philip Seymour Hoffman that deadly batch of heroin and on Monday, police sought surveillance tapes showing the Oscar winning actor withdrawing cash from two different Greenwich Village ATMs.
As Popdust previously reported, the 46-year-old was discovered dead in his apartment Sunday with a syringe in his arm—it is believed he overdosed from heroin.
“An internal email went out to all supervisors asking if anyone has had any experience with those brand names of drugs,” a police insider told the New York Post. “They’re going to try to find the source."
A source close to the investigation said that cops are focusing on 49 bags denoting the strains of heroin — “Ace of Spades” or “Ace of Hearts” — recovered at Hoffman's condo, explaining how investigators will implement a “Nitro dump” to narrow down their suspects.
“Basically what that is, is any time we make a narcotics arrest we include the brand name on the arrest report and store it in our system” the insider told the paper, “so our investigators can see where those brands are being sold.”
Authorities attempted to obtain surveillance footage of the actor at a neighborhood bodega early Saturday, but the place was not equipped with cameras, so now they are hoping to recover footage of the actor recorded from within the ATM.
Police said an eyewitness saw a “very sweaty” Hoffman looking “like s**t” and buying contraband Saturday evening from a pair of men carrying a messenger bag after withdrawing money from an ATM.