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One Hoffman drug suspect freed on bail

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Feb 06, 2014 | 1:44pm EST

A female student arrested in connection to the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been released from police custody after pleading not guilty to drug possession. Juliana Luchkiw, 22, was one of four people busted during a raid on a New York apartment on Tuesday night (04Feb14), as cops investigated the source of multiple heroin packets allegedly found at the Capote star's pad. One suspect, Thomas Cushman, was released on Wednesday (05Feb14) due to a lack of evidence, while Luchkiw, Max Rosenblum and Robert Vineberg were all officially charged. Luchkiw entered a not guilty plea to criminal possession of a controlled substance in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday (06Feb14) after her lawyer insisted she had simply been in the "wrong place at (the) wrong time". Prosecutors requested bail be set at $1,500 (£938) ahead of her next court date on 14 February (14), but the motion was dismissed by Judge Edward McLaughlin, and she was released on her own recognisance. Rosenblum, also 22, was arrested on a similar count; his bond was set at $3,500 (£2,188). Meanwhile, Vineberg, 57, pleaded his innocence to felony possession of heroin with intent to supply; he is also due back before a judge on St. Valentine's Day. Hoffman was found dead at his New York home on Sunday (02Feb14) following a suspected heroin overdose. A funeral for the 46 year old is set to take place in Manhattan on Friday (07Feb14).

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