AceShowbiz - A woman has been arrested in connection to the death of Robert De Niro's grandson Leandro De Niro Rodriguez. An alleged drug dealer named Sofia Haley Marks was arrested on Thursday, July 13 in New York City.
The woman, who is also known with her nickname "the Percocet Princess", was busted on Thursday night at around 6 P.M. in an undercover sting operation conducted by the NYPD, Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security, according to the New York Post's law enforcement sources.
On late Thursday night, investigators were still searching her home. She has been federally charged with the distribution of narcotics and is expected to be arraigned in Manhattan federal court as of Friday morning, sources told the site.
Leandro was found dead in the Cipriani Club Residences on Wall Street on July 2. The 19-year-old's death has been probed as a possible overdose after a white powdery substance and drug paraphernalia were found near the teenager's body.
On July 5, Leandro's mom and Robert's daughter Drena De Niro confirmed her son's cause of death. She revealed that her son took "fentanyl laced pills" in response to an Instagram user who asked how her Leandro passed away. She wrote in the comments section, "Someone sold him fentanyl laced pills that they knew were laced yet still sold them to him."
Seemingly fuming at a drug dealer who sold her son the pills knowingly they were laced with fentanyl, Drena added, "so for all these people still f**king around selling and buying this s**t, my son is gone forever."
Leandro was laid to rest on July 8 after a small group of mourners gathered to pay their final respects at a Manhattan funeral home. His coffin was taken to the Upper East Side to Valhalla for a graveside service and the "About My Father" actor reportedly joined a series of mourners after arriving on the scene in an SUV.
The Oscar-winning star was seen comforting his adoptive daughter Drena as well as Leandro's father Carlos Rodriguez on the emotional day. Other famous faces to attend the sombre occasion included the likes of "Hairspray" actor Christopher Walken and Michael Imperioli of "The Sopranos" fame.