Sheriff’s investigators Saturday arrested a second man suspected of involvement in the fentanyl overdose death of a 16-year-old French Valley girl.
Jeremiah David Carlton, 19, of Canyon Lake was arrested for suspicion of murder and booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Espinoza.
No further details were available as the investigation continued, Espinoza said.
Raymond Gene Tyrrell of French Valley was arrested and booked Thursday into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of murder, he said.
Tyrrell allegedly provided the drugs that culminated in the death of the teen girl, whose name was not released, Espinoza said.
She died Wednesday night after collapsing, unconscious, at a residence in the 35000 block of Sugar Maple Street, near Leon Road, he said.
Deputies were called to the location to investigate two possible fentanyl overdoses and discovered the girl and a man, also not identified, comatose. Both were taken to an Inland Empire trauma center, where the man was revived, but the girl died from the toxic ingestion, Espinoza said.
“Detectives conducted an investigation and developed information that this was possibly a homicide,” the sergeant said.
He declined to elaborate on the circumstances.
Tyrrell was summoned to the sheriff’s Southwest station in Murrieta on Thursday afternoon and interviewed by detectives, before he was taken into custody without incident.
No information was available regarding his background.
Earlier this week, Sheriff Chad Bianco and District Attorney Mike Hestrin held a news briefing to announce the first murder charge filed in the county for a fentanyl-related fatality.
In that case, Joseph Michael Costanza of Eastvale was charged with second-degree murder for the 2020 death of an 18-year-old man whom the defendant allegedly supplied with fentanyl. A 16-year-old boy who took the drugs allegedly sold by Costanza also overdosed, but he was resuscitated.
“All deaths from fentanyl toxicity are treated as possible homicides,” Bianco said.
According to Hestrin, although overdose murder cases can be difficult to prosecute under current state law, the District Attorney’s Office intends to take an aggressive stand going forward and will file charges whenever the evidence of culpability is clear.
Bianco cited statistics indicating fentanly-induced fatalities shot up 300% countywide between 2018 and 2020.
Even teaspoon-size doses of the synthetic opioid are known to be 80 to 100 times more potent than heroin and similar narcotics, authorities said.
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