The central jail on Front Street in downtown San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

The possibly drug-related death of a 22-year-old inmate at San Diego Central Jail was under investigation Wednesday.

The inmate, 22-year-old Saxon Fredrick Rodriguez, was found unresponsive in his cell at 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Rodriguez, whose body showed no signs of suspicious injuries, was pronounced dead at the Front Street detention center, Lt. Thomas Seiver said.

During a preliminary postmortem screening, Rodriguez’s system tested positive for fentanyl, according to Seiver.

“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.”

Rodriguez had been in jail since Friday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and indecent exposure.

Rodriguez was in a cell with two other inmates, said Seiver, who added that the department’s Homicide Unit conducted the investigation.

— This article was updated at 4:56 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

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