LEBANON — A Lebanon man was arrested this morning and charged with selling fentanyl, a highly toxic drug often sold as heroin that can be fatal even in small doses.

Francis Sinclair, 61, 646 River Road, was arrested by a Maine State Police tactical team and charged with trafficking in Schedule W drugs, a Class B felony, according to state police.

For the past three months, drug agents from the MDEA York District Task Force have conducted an investigation into the distribution of heroin and fentanyl by Sinclair, including a number of undercover purchases of the drug from him at his home, state police spokesman Stephen McCausland said in a press release.

Around 4 a.m. this morning, agents and troopers as well as three state police canine teams searched Sinclair’s home. Sinclair was located inside and arrested without incident, McCausland said.

A search resulted in the seizure of about 50 grams of a suspected heroin/fentanyl mix, the equivalent of 500 doses. Also seized were 11 firearms, about $2,000 in suspected drug proceeds, electronic scales and other evidence of drug trafficking, McCausland said.

Fentanyl is 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin, and is often mixed with or sold as heroin. Because of its potency, there is an increased danger of a drug user overdosing.

Sinclair was transported to the York County Jail, where bail was set at $25,000 cash.


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