A man suspected of selling a deadly dose of fentanyl to a 26-year-old Lake Elsinore resident was arrested Friday on suspicion of second-degree murder.

Everardo Martinez Rodriguez, 30, of Lake Elsinore was booked into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta, where he was being held on $1 million bail.

According to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Marcuse, on Jan. 5, deputies and paramedics were called to a residence in the 29000 block of Central Avenue, near Conrad Avenue, to investigate reports of a possible drug-related cardiac arrest.

Gavin Battle was found dead at the location, Marcuse said.

He said an autopsy revealed “fentanyl poisoning” as the cause of death, prompting an “extensive investigation” that ultimately pointed to Rodriguez as the alleged “person responsible for selling” an undisclosed quantity of the synthetic opioid to Battle.

An arrest warrant was obtained earlier this week and served by deputies Friday morning at the suspect’s home on Limited Avenue, where he was taken into custody without incident.

Background information on Rodriguez was not available.

Fentanyl is manufactured in China and smuggled across the U.S.-Mexico border. The drug is known to be 80-100 times more potent than morphine and is a popular additive, seamlessly mixed into any number of narcotics and pharmaceuticals, according to public safety officials.

Sheriff Chad Bianco said there were about 500 fentanyl-induced deaths countywide last year, which represents a 250-fold increase from 2016, when only two such fatalities were documented.

During a news briefing in January, District Attorney Mike Hestrin said “profit and greed” had led Mexican drug cartels to transport fentanyl pills in massive quantities across the border, where law enforcement is “not getting any help” in stemming the tide.

To date, a dozen people have been charged with second-degree murder in the county for allegedly selling fentanyl that killed the users.

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