Grand Jury indicts 20-Year-Old Ocala Man For First-Degree Murder In Fentanyl Overdose Death; Drug Deal Discussed Via Text Messages

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Marquis Rosado
According to authorities, Major Crimes Detectives arrested Marquis Rosado, 20, after a Grand Jury indicted him for Murder in the First Degree, based upon his unlawful distribution of fentanyl causing the 2021 death of an Ocala man.

MARION COUNTY, FL – On Thursday afternoon, Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Major Crimes Detectives arrested Marquis Rosado, 20, after a Grand Jury indicted him for Murder in the First Degree, based upon his unlawful distribution of fentanyl causing the 2021 death of an Ocala man.

According to authorities, on October 12, 2021, MCSO received a call for service in reference to a deceased male, who was identified as 26-year-old Marcus Lane II. Major Crimes Detectives responded to investigate the victim’s death and evidence suggested that Lane died from a drug overdose. A plastic bag of pills was located near the victim and collected as evidence. On November 30, 2021, the Medical Examiner’s Office told detectives the victim died as a result of fentanyl and ethanol toxicity.

Through further investigation, Detectives obtained records of text messages sent between the victim and Rosado discussing the sale of drugs on October 12, 2021. Additionally, video surveillance and witness accounts indicated that Rosado drove to the victim’s home and provided him with drugs a few hours prior to the victim’s death. Based on the evidence gathered, Rosado was located on January 6, 2022, and placed under arrest for Trafficking in Oxycodone, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Communication Device to Facilitate a Felony. Rosado was also in possession of a firearm and marijuana, and was charged accordingly.

After Rosado’s initial arrest, Detectives continued to investigate the victim’s death and requested a laboratory analysis of the pills found near him, which revealed they were fentanyl. On August 25, 2022, an Assistant State Attorney presented evidence surrounding the death of Marcus Lane II to a Grand Jury, which later returned an indictment for Rosado, charging him with First Degree Murder.

Rosado was located and placed under arrest. He was transported to the Marion County Jail, where he remains without bond.

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