Woman arrested in connection with death of Robert De Niro’s grandson, sources say

A 20-year-old woman was arrested in New York on Thursday night in connection with a drug-trafficking investigation linked to the death of Robert De Niro’s grandson, law enforcement sources told ABC News.

Sofia Haley Marks was charged with one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and alprazolam, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and two counts of distribution and possession with intent to distributing fentanyl, each also carrying a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Marks would be known on the street as “Percocet Princess” and sold drugs to 19-year-old Leandro De Niro-Rodriguez, the sources said.

The arrest is part of an ongoing investigation by the New York Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the US Department of Homeland Security.

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FILE PHOTO: Actor Robert De Niro, left, and his daughter, Drena De Niro, appear at the 20th annual Hollywood Film Awards in Beverly Hills, California November 6, 2016. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/ AP, Queue)

FILE PHOTO: Actor Robert De Niro, left, and his daughter, Drena De Niro, appear at the 20th annual Hollywood Film Awards in Beverly Hills, California November 6, 2016. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/ AP, Queue)

Detectives have been investigating De Niro-Rodriguez’s July 2 death in Lower Manhattan as a possible drug overdose, though an official cause of death has yet to be determined.

De Niro-Rodriguez’s mother, Drena De Niro, announced the news of her son’s death in an Instagram post on July 3, but did not provide details on how he died.

Drena De Niro was adopted by Robert De Niro when he was married to Diahnne Abbott, the actor’s first wife. Drena De Niro is Abbott’s daughter from a previous relationship.

De Niro-Rodriguez was also an actor, appearing alongside his mother in the 2018 films “A Star Is Born” and “Cabaret Maxime.”

ABC News’ Carson Blackwelder and Stephen Iervolino contributed to this report.

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