The 20-year-old ‘Princess Percocet’ who allegedly sold drugs to Robert De Niro’s grandson before his death, warned him they might kill him before she sold him the pills.
Sophia Haley Marks, 20, is accused of selling drugs to 19-year-old Leandro De Niro Rodriguez shortly before he was found dead in his New York City apartment.
Marks has been nicknamed ‘Princess Percocet,’ she was arrested Thursday night around 6 p.m. in an NYPD sting operation, according to the New York Post.
Legal documents say police found pills at the scene where Rodriguez died and used the teen’s phone to find text messages with Marks asking to buy counterfeit oxycodone and Xanax in the days before his death.
Marks tells Rodriguez directly via text: ‘do you really need them? I do not want to kill you. I just don’t like serving them because they are unscripted.
Police have arrested a woman in connection with the July 2 ‘drug overdose’ death of acting legend Robert De Niro’s 19-year-old grandson, Leandro.
According to the messages, Marks and Rodriguez agreed for him to buy three of the fake pills and two Xanax tablets for $105.
The 20-year-old trafficker warned Rodríguez: ‘don’t overdo this.’
Rodríguez received the drugs around 9 p.m. on July 1. Marks checked on him less than five hours later and asked, ‘Are you okay?’ but never received an answer.
The teen’s lifeless body was found sitting on a chair next to a white powder inside a $950,000 one-bedroom apartment on Wall Street in New York on July 2.
Surprisingly, Marks continued to sell drugs after Leandro’s death, falling for an undercover NYPD trap, according to TMZ.
An agent bought 25 Marks pills on July 9 for $500 and allegedly warned the buyer: ‘please be careful with these.’ do not do more than one at a time. my friend just died.
The pills were the same ones found at the scene of Rodríguez’s body.
Marks faces one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and alprazolam and two counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.
If convicted on all counts, she could face up to 60 years in prison.
A police source tells DailyMail.com the substance was found near Rodriguez’s body and there were no signs of trauma. He was found by a friend who hadn’t heard from him in a few days and was checking on him, a law enforcement source told TMZ.
Residents in the building, right next to the Wall Street subway stop, told DailyMail.com they saw an ambulance and a fire engine pull up on a quiet Sunday afternoon.
Aspiring actor and director Leandro was following in the professional footsteps of his mother and grandfather, landing a small role in 2018’s A Star Is Born as the son of Bradley Cooper’s best friend George ‘Noodles’ Stone, played by Dave Chappelle. . He also appeared in Cabaret Maxime in 2018.
His mother, Drena De Niro, an American actress adopted by De Niro after the actor married his mother, Diahnne Abbott in 1976, announced his death.
His father Carlos, a renowned graffiti artist, and his mother Drena, 51, shared a statement on Instagram on Monday reacting to Leandro’s untimely death.
“It is with immeasurable shock and sadness that we say goodbye to our beloved son Leo. We thank you for his love and support, and we ask that you give us privacy this time to process this inconsolable pain.
“You can’t spell love without Leo,” added Carlos as the title of the post, which featured sweet images of Leandro at different ages.
The teen’s lifeless body was found sitting on a chair next to a white powder inside a $950,000 one-bedroom apartment on Wall Street in New York.
Robert De Niro leaves the Frank E. Campbell Home with his family after the death of his grandson
Drena was adopted by De Niro and took his last name after the actor married his mother, Diahnne Abbott, in 1976.
He had a relatively transient lifestyle thanks to his father’s vibrant career, dividing his time between New York City, Los Angeles, and Italy.
Drena dropped out of school and decided to explore the arts, turning her hand to a myriad of career paths including modeling, DJing, and fashion consulting.
She eventually decided to follow in De Niro’s footsteps and soon found her footing as an actress and filmmaker.
She made De Niro a grandfather in 2003 when she welcomed Leandro with her then-boyfriend Carlos Rodríguez.
Drena, who currently lives in New York, has since turned her attention to directing and also describes herself as having trained in Muay Thai and martial arts.
At 51, Drena is five years older than De Niro’s oldest biological son, Raphael, with Abbott. Now 46, he is a Manhattan real estate agent whose celebrity clients include Jon Bon Jovi and Renee Zellweger.
De Niro also has two children, the 27-year-old twins Aaron and Julian, the result of his relationship between 1988 and 1995 with former model and actress Toukie Smith. They were conceived by in vitro fertilization and delivered by a surrogate mother.
In 1998, he also fathered a son, 21-year-old Elliot, and in 2011, an 11-year-old daughter, Helen (also a surrogacy) during his stormy 20-year marriage to his second wife, former flight attendant Grace. Hightower.
Aspiring actor and director Leandro was following in the professional footsteps of his mother and grandfather.
“You can’t spell love without Leo,” his father said in a social media tribute, which included sweet images of Leandro at different ages.
Robert De Niro is seen at the wake of his grandson Leandro
In May, the 79-year-old actor confirmed that he had welcomed his seventh child, Gia Virginia, with girlfriend Tiffany Chan, 43, whom he has been linked to since the summer of 2021.
Leandro’s death comes after the Justice Department filed charges against several Chinese companies and executives for their alleged role in the fentanyl trade in the United States.
Federal prosecutors say that almost all fentanyl precursors are manufactured in and shipped from China today.
Criminal organizations like the infamous Sinaloa cartel in Mexico work with Chinese companies to source their ingredients for fentanyl.