George Bailey Detention Facility
George Bailey Detention Facility. Photo Credit: San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

The possibly drug-related death of an inmate at the George F. Bailey Detention Facility was under investigation Thursday.

Jerry Aleman, 41, was found unresponsive at the Otay Mesa jail shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to sheriff’s officials.

Deputies and medical staffers tried to revive Aleman before being relieved by paramedics, who 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, a resident of Perris, was jailed Jan. 18 after being arrested by Carlsbad police on suspicion of forgery, identity theft, receiving stolen property and defrauding an innkeeper.

Show comments