To the news that a North East-area couple were allegedly caught with more than two ounces of a relatively new type of heroin that has been linked to overdoses and deaths, according to the Maryland State Police. The state police’s Gang Enforcement Unit found the heroin cut with fentanyl, an opiate many times more potent than morphine, during a bust in Lakeside Mobile Home Park last week. MSP officials said fentanyl-laced heroin is commonly found in Baltimore and exported to neighboring areas where it’s in high demand due to its potency. The problem is fentanyl is linked to a dramatic increase in overdose deaths across the state and in Cecil County. The county saw seven such deaths in 2015 after just one the year prior, and never had more than two in any recorded year. In the first six months of this year, we’ve already seen four fentanyl-related deaths. Statewide the total jumped from 340 in all of 2015 to 446 fentanyl-related deaths in the first six months this year. This drug is devastatingly lethal, and its presence here is a growing concern.