PARIS — A Paris man pleaded not guilty Thursday morning in Oxford County Superior Court to trafficking in fentanyl, a painkiller 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin.

Troy W. Masterman, 40, of 292 Christian Ridge Road was charged in April 2016 with trafficking in fentanyl and violating bail conditions set in 2015.

Masterman was released on personal recognizance bail. Conditions include being subject to random search and testing and no use or possession of illegal drugs.

Masterman’s arrest was part of an investigation into the illegal distribution of heroin and fentanyl throughout the Oxford Hills area, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said following the April 2016 arrest.

Police believed Masterman to be “one of a number of people suspected of distributing heroin and/or fentanyl throughout the towns of Paris, Norway and Oxford,” McCausland said.

Mixing fentanyl with street-sold heroin or cocaine markedly amplifies the potency and potential danger, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Effects include euphoria, drowsiness/respiratory depression and arrest, nausea, confusion, constipation, sedation, unconsciousness, coma, tolerance and addiction, according to the institute.

Masterman’s criminal history dates to 1993. He has been convicted of theft, burglary, domestic violence assault, obstructing the report of a crime, criminal threatening and violating conditions of release, according to court records.

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