Nineteen-year-old Perris man arrested in connection with fentanyl death in Murrieta

A 19-year-old man from Perris was arrested on Thursday in connection with a 22-year-old man who died as a result of a fentanyl overdose in Murrieta.

On February 20, officers from the Murrieta Police Department, along with personnel from Murrieta Fire & Rescue, responded to a possible drug overdose in the 35000 block of Mitchell Rd. and initiated life-saving measures. The victim, whose identity was not released, was pronounced deceased at the scene. According to the Murrieta Police Department, the 22-year-old male victim had ingested fentanyl and died as a result of an overdose.

During a two-month investigation, Special Enforcement Team (SET) detectives identified Miguel Angel Gonzalez as the individual who supplied the drugs to the victim.

On April 25, a search warrant was served at Gonzalez’s residence in Perris. He was arrested without incident and booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center on suspicion of homicide. His bail was set at $1 million.

This investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective John Ferrulli at 951-461-6827 or [email protected], or Sergeant Jay Elliott at 951-461-6395 or [email protected].


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