- The Washington Times - Monday, February 3, 2014

The New York Police Department has launched a citywide search to find the drug dealer who sold heroin to Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Oscar-winning actor who died of an apparent overdose on Sunday.

“An internal email went out to all supervisors asking if anyone has had any experience with those brand names of drugs,” a law enforcement source told The New York Post. “They’re going to try to find the source.”

Authorities are looking for heroin specifically named “Ace of Spades,” or “Ace of Hearts.”

Mr. Hoffman was found dead in the bathroom of his Greenwich Village apartment Sunday morning with a syringe still in his arm. He reportedly had suffered from drug addiction for years. After 23 years sober, he admitted in interviews that he relapsed and developed an addiction to heroin. He checked into a rehabilitation facility last year.

Investigators found more than 50 glassine-type bags containing what is believed to be heroin in his apartment on Sunday, along with several bottles of prescription drugs and more than 20 used syringes in a plastic cup, sources told CNN.

The Post’s source said that a process called “a nitro dump” could be key to finding the actor’s dealer.

“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 so our investigators can see where those brands are being sold,” the source explained.

Once they determine a location, they can zero in on the dealer or dealers selling that particular brand, the newspaper said.

Mr. Hoffman, a New York native, won an Oscar for best actor for his portrayal of American author Truman Capote in “Capote.” He starred in many other notable films, including “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “The Master,” and the “Hunger Games” franchise.

He was 46 at the time of his death.

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