Man pleads guilty to dealing painkillers


PARIS — An Oxford man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Oxford County Superior Court to two counts of trafficking OxyContin.

Steven A. Paine, 22, pleaded guilty to two Class B trafficking charges. A third charge of criminal conspiracy was dropped. He was sentenced to four years with all but 30 days suspended, plus $1,500 in fines and two years of probation.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency observed Paine selling OxyContin on March 5 and March 26, 2010.

The deals were controlled purchases by a confidential informant, according to the state’s evidence.

According to an affidavit by agent Tony Milligan of the MDEA, a confidential informant told the department in January 2010 that he had bought Oxycontin, Vicodin and Percocet from Paine and his mother, Delores Paine, about two years earlier. The informant said Dolores supplied her sons with the drugs.

The informant was given a concealed listening device and marked currency to make the controlled purchases.

Steven Paine, who has no prior convictions, will begin serving his sentence June 1. His probation will require him to attend substance abuse counseling and he will be subject to random searches and drug testing.

Delores Paine, 49, of Oxford, was charged in 2010 with two counts of unlawful trafficking in drugs, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of cultivating marijuana. The status of her case was not immediately available Wednesday.

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