Recently, mourning fans attended a candlelight vigil for Philip Seymour
Hoffman. According to authorities, the late actor died as the result of
a drug overdose. There have been four arrests related to
drug crimes that they believe may have contributed to Hoffman's death. In Indiana,
drug-related arrests can result in serious charges.
As his death gained publicity, investigating authorities received a tip
concerning Hoffman's presence at an apartment building where it is
believed that he bought his heroin. Police acted quickly, and a search
of two separate apartments resulted in bags of heroin numbering into the
hundreds. Four arrests were made after the discovery.
Police are only pursuing charges against three of the four, citing a belief
that the fourth was not involved with and did not have control over the
drugs found in the apartment. The other three were charged with drug-related
crimes -- two of them with misdemeanors. Facing the most serious of charges
among the three, a jazz musician has been charged with the intent to sell
heroin, which is a felony. Despite their charges and cash found in one
of the apartments that totaled the amount that Hoffman withdrew shortly
before his death, involvement in the actor's death has been denied
by all three.
The manufacturing and distribution of illegal drugs is a serious issue
plaguing both Indiana and the United States as a whole. Although the charges
are serious, those arrested for drug crimes still have the right to a
fair and just trial. While circumstances vary from case to case when facing
drug-related charges, ensuring proper knowledge of all applicable state
laws and details of the individual case can help a defendant form a comprehensive
defense team that will work to serve in their best interest.