The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says a Lebanon man was arrested early Thursday morning, charged with selling fentanyl.

Maine State Police
Maine State Police

Taken into custody at his home by the State Police tactical team was 61 year old Francis Sinclair, who was charged with Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Fentanyl) Class B. Around 4 am Thursday morning agents and troopers as well as 3 State Police canine teams searched Sinclair’s home on the River Road in Lebanon. Due to a number of officer safety concerns including a number of guns positioned throughout the home, the State Police Tactical Team made entry into the home.

Sinclair was located inside and arrested without incident. A search resulted in the seizure of approximately 50 grams  of suspected heroin/fentanyl mix, which is the equivalent of 500 doses. Also seized were 11 firearms,  some $2,000 in suspected drug proceeds, electronic scales and other evidence of drug trafficking.

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.

Fentanyl is 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin and is often mixed with heroin or sold as heroin and 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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