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Statement Of U.S. Attorney Damian Williams On The Arrest Of Sophia Marks

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York

“Last night, my Office, the Southern District of New York, authorized the arrest of Sophia Marks in connection with her distribution of fake oxycodone pills that contained fentanyl.  At least one of Marks’s counterfeit pills was purchased and taken by a teenager who subsequently died of a suspected overdose.  The arrest was critical because, as we allege, Marks knew the pills could kill, and she continued selling them anyway.  The investigation is ongoing.

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.” 

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SOPHIA MARKS, 20, of New York, New York, is charged with one count of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl and alprazolam, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and two counts of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl, each of which also carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

The maximum potential sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.

The charges contained in the Complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Nicholas Biase
(212) 637-2600

Updated July 14, 2023

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 23-251