The possibly drug-related death of a Perris man at the George F. Bailey Detention Facility in San Diego was under investigation Thursday.
Jerry Aleman, 41, was found unresponsive at the Otay Mesa jail shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to San Diego County sheriff’s officials.
Deputies and medical staffers tried in vain to revive Aleman before being relieved by paramedics, who took over the lifesaving efforts and then pronounced him dead at the scene.
During a postmortem exam, a preliminary drug screening detected fentanyl in Aleman’s system, sheriff’s Lt. Thomas Seiver said.
“However, further laboratory testing is required to confirm this,” the lieutenant said. “The cause and manner of death (rulings) are pending laboratory results and further evaluation.”
Aleman was jailed Jan. 18 after being arrested by Carlsbad police on suspicion of forgery, identity theft, receiving stolen property and defrauding an innkeeper.