The New York Post reports that law enforcement is going to "find the source" of the heroin that allegedly killed Philip Seymour Hoffman. Let's ignore the fact "celebrity overdoses" appear to motivate NYPD, and instead look at how NYPD will try to avenge Hoffman's death...
Heroin use and deaths related to heroin have been on the rise in the greater-New York area over the past few years. The Daily Beast reports that local prosecutors have dubbed the Long Island Expressway the "heroin highway." Heroin is cheap, but "bad" batches of street heroin mixed with fentanyl have been popping up and leading to deaths. Hoffman was allegedly found with packets branded "Ace of Spades."
It's not exactly easy for law enforcement to stop the problem. Just last week, the Drug Enforcement Administration made a major bust in the Bronx. The DEA said the bust netted $8 million dollars worth of product.
But how does that really help? In the Bronx case, police seized 33 pounds of heroin and arrested two people — likely low-level drug runners. They caught one of the guys climbing out of a window... which doesn't suggest that they put their hands on Nino Brown.
In the Hoffman case, police will start with a "nitro dump." When police make an arrest, they log the "brand name" of the drug in their system; the nitro dump involves doing a search of those records in an attempt to find the most likely places that particular brand is sold.