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Former Minnesotan arrested after Philip Seymour Hoffman overdose

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A tip from an informant led New York police to a rundown apartment building where investigators believe Philip Seymour Hoffman scored his drugs -- and a man who went to high school in Minnesota was arrested there.

Officers found 350 bags of heroin in the building on the Lower East Side, and they arrested four people -- including 22-year-old Max Rosenblum, a popular DJ in New York's rave scene who attended Hopkins High School through his junior year.

"He was nice. He meant well, but he had a dark side," said Josh Klane, who went to Herzl Jewish Camp in Webster, Wis. with Rosenblum. "He was one of the first people to try drugs in our camp group," Klane said. "He was always the guy telling us about drugs."

Yet, although Rosenblum and his girlfriend are in custody, the investigation appears to be focusing on musician Robert Vineberg, who was also arrested. Vineberg is a known drug dealer and officers found Philip Seymour Hoffman's phone number in his cell phone.

However, even though police found plenty of heroin in the grungy complex, none appeared to be the same batch found with the Oscar-winning actor's body. Connecting any suspect to that particular batch will be a key part of the case, and it seems the New York Police Department is hoping a former Minnesotan may help them connect the dots.

In Minnesota, Rosenblum's criminal record appears to be clean; however, he was arrested on misdemeanor drug possession charges in New York four years ago.

Rosenblum was reportedly quite bold on his social media sites, allegedly tweeting "Dealer turnt DJ" just a few days ago. Both he and his girlfriend, 22-year-old drama student Juliana Luchkiw, are currently facing charges of drug possession.

Closer to home, officials say last year was the deadliest ever for heroin deaths in Hennepin County. A total of 54 people lost their lives to heroin in 2013, a sharp increase from the 8 deaths in 2010.

"At one time heroin was a drug found primarily in large cities. Sadly, today heroin knows no boundaries. HCSO investigators have found heroin sales and users in suburban, rural, and urban areas of our county," said Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek.

Authorities say the heroin found in the Twin Cities is inexpensive and it has one of the highest purity levels in the U.S. The combination of low cost and high potency is contributing to the increase in overdose deaths because new users are buying a cheap drug and they're not aware of how powerful it is, according to the sheriff's office.

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