An alleged drug dealer in San Jose has been charged with murder after prosecutors say he sold fentanyl to a man who was found dead from an overdose days later.
Manuel Rodriguez, 29, was set for arraignment Wednesday afternoon in connection with the death of 61-year-old Jeffrey Diaz, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.
Diaz was found dead in his apartment on April 26 of this year by county sheriff’s deputies, and investigators located text messages in his phone from about 10 days earlier that appeared to show a fentanyl deal, and data showed that he stopped using his cellphone that day, prosecutors said.
Surveillance footage was later found showing the drug deal, and prosecutors say Rodriguez knew of several fatal overdoses tied to fentanyl and had previously overdosed himself.
“Fentanyl is poison. When someone sells poison to someone knowing that they could die — and they die — they will be prosecuted,” District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a news release announcing the murder charge.