20-Year-Old Female Detained Over Drug Offense Related to Robert De Niro’s Grandson’s Death, States Official

by Madison Thomas
Robert De Niro's Grandson's Death

Sofia Haley Marks, a 20-year-old woman, was apprehended on federal drug charges for allegedly supplying the drugs responsible for the death of Robert De Niro’s grandson, aged 19, according to an unnamed law enforcement representative on Friday.

Marks made her appearance at a Manhattan federal court on Friday, consenting to stay incarcerated until she files a bail request at a future date. The prosecutors affirmed they would object to any application for her discharge.

She was seized on Thursday night with three charges of drug distribution related to the sale of narcotics to Leandro De Niro Rodriguez, confirmed the same law enforcement source. Due to policy constraints, the representative was unable to publicly discuss the ongoing investigation’s details, but shared the information under anonymity with The Big Big News.

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On July 2, Rodriguez was discovered dead in his Manhattan residence. His mother, Drena De Niro, revealed his demise via an Instagram post. Amy Gallicchio, a federal public defender who served as Marks’ representative on Friday, said Marks intended to appoint an attorney. Gallicchio refrained from making a statement outside the court.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said in an announcement that at least one counterfeit oxycodone pill sold by Marks was “ingested by a teenager who subsequently suffered a suspected fatal overdose.” Rodriguez’s identity was not disclosed in the court files.

Williams emphasized that Marks’ apprehension was crucial, stating that she knowingly continued to peddle the lethal pills. He noted that fentanyl is the leading cause of death among Americans aged 18 to 49. In 2022, approximately 109,680 individuals died from drug overdoses, with about 75,000 succumbing to fentanyl and other synthetic opioids.

The prosecutor stated, “It surpasses deaths from cancer, car accidents, or gun violence. It’s a crisis for both law enforcement and public health. We are doing everything within our power to halt it.”

The official cause of Rodriguez’s death is still under inquiry, according to a spokesperson for the city medical examiner’s office.

In response to a query on her post announcing her son’s death, Drena De Niro wrote that her son died after “someone sold him fentanyl-laced pills.”

Rodriguez, the eldest child of Drena De Niro and artist Carlos Mare, was an actor like his renowned grandfather. He appeared alongside his mother in several projects, including Bradley Cooper’s 2018 remake of “A Star is Born.”

Following Rodriguez’s death, Robert De Niro expressed his deep distress over the loss of his beloved grandson, Leo. His representative has not yet provided a comment regarding the arrest.

This report includes contributions from Big Big News writer Larry Neumeister.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Robert De Niro’s Grandson’s Death

Who is the woman arrested in connection with Robert De Niro’s grandson’s death?

The woman arrested is Sofia Haley Marks, a 20-year-old who is facing federal drug charges for allegedly supplying the drugs that led to the death of Robert De Niro’s grandson.

What charges are being pressed against Sofia Haley Marks?

Sofia Haley Marks was arrested on three counts of narcotics distribution related to the sale of drugs to Leandro De Niro Rodriguez, Robert De Niro’s grandson.

How did Leandro De Niro Rodriguez die?

Leandro De Niro Rodriguez was found dead in his Manhattan apartment. His mother mentioned in an Instagram post that he died after consuming fentanyl-laced pills. The official cause of death is still under investigation.

What is the role of Sofia Haley Marks in Leandro Rodriguez’s death?

Sofia Haley Marks is accused of selling the counterfeit oxycodone pills, one of which was allegedly consumed by Leandro leading to a suspected overdose.

Who is representing Sofia Haley Marks in court?

As of her first appearance in court, Sofia Haley Marks was represented by Amy Gallicchio, a federal public defender. However, it was mentioned that Marks intends to hire a private attorney.

Who was Leandro De Niro Rodriguez?

Leandro De Niro Rodriguez was the 19-year-old grandson of actor Robert De Niro and the son of Drena De Niro and artist Carlos Mare. He was an actor and had appeared in several projects, including the 2018 remake of “A Star is Born.”

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GratefulMom July 15, 2023 - 12:04 am

As a mother, I can’t even imagine Drena’s pain right now. Our kids need to be educated bout these dangers, we can’t lose more to this fentanyl crisis.

MovieBuffTony July 15, 2023 - 2:26 am

I remember seein Leo in “A Star is Born”. He was a promising actor. It’s so sad to see talent lost this way, way too soon!

Janet L. July 15, 2023 - 8:12 am

OMG, this is such a tragedy! drugs are really ruining young lives… my thoughts n prayers go out to De Niro family.

Frank_says July 15, 2023 - 12:45 pm

If the charges are true, she’s got blood on her hands. No sympathy here, folks.

Rachel_Lee July 15, 2023 - 3:10 pm

A grandpa losing a grandson… that’s not the natural order of things… My heart breaks for Robert De Niro.

Kevin_42 July 15, 2023 - 8:02 pm

really sad news but gotta say, the law is right to come down hard on these dealers, they know what they’re doin’ n it ain’t right!

DowntownGuy July 15, 2023 - 9:59 pm

I live in the same neighborhood, this is shocking news… you never think it will hit so close to home. RIP young man.


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