Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Can We Genetically Modify Poppies?

Within 48 hours of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death, the police arrested four people with more than 350 bags of heroin.  Is it probable that, prior to Hoffman's death, the police knew nothing about this dealer a mile away from Hoffman's apartment? If a dealer with this much heroin can operate without the police's knowledge, then we are doing a poor job of trying to find and put away drug dealers.  If authorities find the dealer than sold the heroin to Hoffman, he/she should be tried for first-degree murder.  I am so sick of the cops locking up the 19-year-old victim for being caught with a piece of tin foil, and not doing anything about the dealer that is selling to multiple victims. 

Perhaps scientists can develop a genetically-modified poppy seed that will destroy the plant's ability to destroy our children! 

Four people were arrested in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday evening with more than 350 bags of heroin as part of the investigation into the death of the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, a law enforcement official said.

Narcotics investigators executed search warrants in three apartments in a building at 302 Mott Street on Tuesday evening, the official said. Three men and a woman were arrested, and the investigators recovered the bags of heroin inside the apartments.

Information stemming from the investigation into Mr. Hoffman’s death led them to the building, the official said. Mr. Hoffman, widely considered one of the best actors of his generation, died on Sunday in an apparent heroin overdose.

He was found dead with a needle in his arm in a West Village apartment, about a mile from where the arrests took place. Near Mr. Hoffman’s body, the police found dozens of packages of heroin, some branded with the label “Ace of Spades” or with an ace of hearts.
The bags that were found during the arrests on Tuesday did not have those types of labels, the official said. The investigation was continuing, police officials said.

Earlier Tuesday, police officials said that the heroin found in Mr. Hoffman’s apartment did not contain fentanyl, a powerful additive that has been tied to 22 recent fatal overdoses in Pennsylvania. The city medical examiner had not yet reached a definitive cause of death for the actor.

Preliminary tests of the heroin found “no traces of fentanyl,” said Stephen Davis, the department’s top spokesman, adding that investigators had taken a representative sample of the substances found in the apartment in reaching that conclusion.

As the investigation into the actor’s death continued, Mr. Hoffman’s family released a statement outlining plans for a private funeral service for “the family and close friends.”

The statement said “plans were also underway for a memorial service later in the month also to be held in New York,” though no details were provided.

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