The NYPD "raided a Manhattan drug den Tuesday night and arrested suspected dealers who may have been the ones who sold heroin to actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, sources said" as reported by the New York Post.
See what the cops can do when they put their minds to it?
Of course, it's a shame that the NYPD didn't get the heroin off the streets before Hoffman overdosed, and if he weren't a famous corpse no doubt law enforcement and others couldn't have cared less about another junkie death. The public response to the Hoffman death just smacks -- pun intended -- of hypocrisy.
Indeed, last month some poor soul apparently overdosed from an unidentified narcotic while sitting naked on the toilet seat of a reputed bathhouse in midtown Manhattan during the wee hours, and perhaps because it was just some old queen rather than a fabulous celebrity the tabloid Post didn't cover the death and the NYPD won't hunt down the dealer who supplied him.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio should reflect upon the varying responses to drug overdoses in this tale of two cities where law enforcement seemingly exists largely just to serve the powerful and protect the rich.