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Rockford man charged with drug-induced homicide in connection with Marengo death

Jaynell J. Ross, 37 of Rockford, was charged with drug-induced homeicide for supplying heroin to a man who died.
Jaynell J. Ross, 37 of Rockford, was charged with drug-induced homeicide for supplying heroin to a man who died.

MARENGO – A 37-year-old Rockford man was charged with drug-induced homicide in connection with the death of a Marengo man.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responded on July 11 to a home in the 25000 block of Harmony Road, Marengo, for an unresponsive 30-year-old man, who died later that day, according to a news release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

During the death investigation, detectives from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force recovered evidence showing the man ingested heroin before his death, police said.

Detectives then learned that Jaynell J. Ross, 37 of Rockford had supplied the heroin to the victim, according to the release.

Detectives worked for more than two months with the Rockford Narcotics Unit, the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office and the McHenry County coroner to collect evidence before issuing a drug-induced homicide arrest warrant for Ross, according to the release.

Ross faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

Ross already was in the custody of the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office and was served the arrest warrant Tuesday. He is being held in the Winnebago County Jail for the drug-induced homicide charge and other drug charges related to a separate joint investigation between the McHenry County Sheriff’s Police Narcotics Task Force and Rockford Narcotics Unit.

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