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Police investigating overdose death in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS – Grand Forks police are investigating the death of an 18-year-old man after it appears drug use was a contributing factor.

  Around 12:15 p.m. Saturday, the Grand Forks Police Department responded to a medical assist in the 3600 block of Landeco Lane regarding an unresponsive 18-year-old male.

When officers and paramedics arrived on scene, CPR and other life-saving measures were performed, however the man was pronounced dead by the Grand Forks County coroner.

The victim is 18-year-old Bailey Henke of Grand Forks.

In the release, police say the substance connected with Henke’s death is powdered fentanyl, a very potent opiate (Schedule II narcotic).


Police say this represents a significant threat to those who use it, as this is not fentanyl obtained from a pharmaceutical manufacturing company, instead it has been obtained through illicit means, resulting in unpredictable potency.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing.

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