The hip-hop music video, posted to YouTube last summer, is a paean to recreational prescription drug use on Staten Island.
Set partly in Duane Reade drug stores, it presents a fantasy world tinted blue, apparently for the color of the pills, and features a young woman playing a blue fairy and blowing kisses to the camera.
“Crush and sniff it,” one man raps. “Blue is my world in this life how I live it, come out to Staten Island, pay a little visit.”
This week, the life of the woman playing the fairy took a turn, the police said, when she was arrested and charged with three counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance.
The police said that the woman, Sharissa Turk, 22, had sold Oxycodone to an undercover officer on three occasions and that she “was one of nearly three dozen loosely affiliated drug dealers on Staten Island’s south shore.”
On Thursday, the police announced her arrest, as well as those of 31 others, and said they had seized over 1,000 prescription pills of Oxycodone, Vicodin and Xanax; 250 grams of cocaine; more than 200 bags of heroin; $17,000 in cash; and a handgun as part of a narcotics investigation in the borough.
“Life is ecstasy on the video, not so much now,” Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief police spokesman, said on Thursday evening, though it was not immediately clear whether other participants in the video were among those arrested.
Staten Island has repeatedly been the focus of efforts to curb prescription drug abuse. In 2011, an investigation revealed a prescription drug ring that put nearly 43,000 pills worth $1 million on the black market in New York City in just a year.