A woman was detained in New York in relation to the suspected drug overdose death of the grandson of Hollywood actor Robert De Niro.
Leandro De Niro-Rodriguez, age 19, was discovered deceased on July 2 in his upscale Wall Street apartment in Manhattan.
Police reported at the time that the teen’s body was discovered in a chair near a plate containing a white “powdery” substance.
ABC News reported that on Thursday night, the NYPD announced the arrest of Sofia Haley Marks in connection with the tragedy.
The network was informed by law enforcement sources that the 20-year-old woman is known on the street as the “Percocet Princess.”
The police believe Marks sold narcotics that killed De Niro-Rodriguez.
The woman was anticipated to appear before a judge on Friday as she awaited charges of drug distribution while in federal custody.
Following a joint investigation by the NYPD, the DEA, and the Department of Homeland Security, she was apprehended.
The 19-year-old’s cause of death has not been disclosed, but law enforcement officials suspect he perished from an overdose.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 100,000 Americans perished from fentanyl overdoses in 2014.
Many of these fatalities were caused by people who unknowingly purchased another drug that was laced with heroin.
Robert De Niro issued a concise statement following the announcement of his grandson’s passing.
“I’m deeply distressed by the passing of my beloved grandson Leo,” the actor said.
He added, “We’re greatly appreciative of the condolences from everyone. We ask that we please be given privacy to grieve our loss of Leo.”
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Leandro’s mother Drena De Niro was adopted by Robert De Niro in 1976 after he married her mother Diahnne Abbott. CONTINUE READING…