Woman Allegedly Sold 50 Fentanyl-laced Pills To Undercover Officer After Robert De Niro’s Grandson Died In Overdose, Indictment Says

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The woman accused of selling fentanyl-laced pills that killed Robert De Niro‘s grandson, Leandro De Niro-Rodriguez, sold pills to an undercover cop two weeks after, Insider reported. 

Sophia Marks, 20, is accused of selling

“50 counterfeit fentanyl-laced oxycodone pills”

to an undercover cop, prosecutors stated in an indictment filed Friday. Marks allegedly sold the same pills to De Niro-Rodriguez along with two tablets of Xanax which led to his demise. Rodriguez’s cause of death was due to one of the oxycodone pills he ingested, according to the outlet. 

Two weeks later Marks connected with an undercover officer with the intent to sell, the indictment says.

“[Marks] sold a total of 50 suspected counterfeit oxycodone pills to an undercover police officer,”

according to charging documents obtained by Insider.

“On or about July 13, 2023, following her second sale to the [undercover officer], [Marks] was arrested and found to be in possession of approximately 156 more suspected counterfeit oxycodone pills and approximately $1,500 in cash.”

The victim, 19 years old, was discovered in his lower Manhattan apartment on July 2, reports reveal.

“The arrest was critical because, as we allege, Marks knew the pills could kill, and she continued selling them anyway. The investigation is ongoing,”

Manhattan US Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement.

“Fentanyl is now the number one killer of Americans between the ages of 18 and 49. More than cancer, car accidents, or gun violence. It is a law enforcement crisis and a public health crisis. And we are doing everything we can to stop it.”

Marks was arrested Friday and has not entered a plea deal, according to Inner City Press. 

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