A 22-year-old woman who dressed like a fairy-winged Tinkerbell for an online rap video about prescription drug abuse was peddling more than pixie dust, say New York City police.
Sharissa Turk was one of 32 people arrested this week in an operation that targeted what authorities called a "loosely affiliated" network of drug dealers on Staten Island.
Turk sold Oxycodone to an NYPD undercover officer on three separate occasions, police said. Turk, who was arrested Thursday at the Edible Arrangements store where she works, was charged with three counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.
As part of the investigation police seized Oxycodone, Vicodin, Xanax, heroin and cocaine, along with guns and $17,000 cash from a dozen different locations.
Turk appears in a YouTube video by White Trash Clan titled "My World is Blue" dancing in a blue tutu and fairy wings and carrying a wand. She blows pixie dust at the camera and mimes drug use. The video, posted in July 2012, shows people dancing in parking lots and pharmacies with giant cutouts of blue pills and rhapsodizing about prescription drug abuse: "I can stop when I want to / I'm not addicted / I don't take pills / crush and sniff it / Blue is my world in this life how I live it / Come out to Staten Island, pay a little visit."
On Thursday, viewers of the video were clearly aware of the arrest, and posted abusive comments. "Good job you idiots!" said one. "Way to advertise. Now you're really blue."
Someone using the YouTube account from which the video was first posted responded to the critics. "Yo .. . we did this video to raise awareness of a serious problem on Staten Island. I ain't touched one of those pills in years. Peace."
The video ends with a message on the screen that says, "The White Trash Clan does NOT encourage the use of drugs."