More details are being released about a standoff in Milford that officials say allegedly began as a drug deal.

What Led to the Standoff?

A house in Milford has been the subject of a months-long investigation into drug trafficking. On Monday, investigators with the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office and Maine Drug Enforcement Agency learned that a person who was allegedly in the home to buy drugs was being held at gunpoint. Their information also suggested that the person has been robbed by two people inside the home located at 92 Bradley Road in Milford.

The road was shut down to traffic and officials instructed neighbors to shelter in place. Three of the people came out of the residence, including one who was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The fourth person remained in the house for several hours before being taken into custody.

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Who Has Been Arrested?

According to the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office, two people have been charged in this case:

  • Ernest Newson, 45, of Utica, New York is charged with robbery with a firearm, aggravated trafficking in crack cocaine, and violations of conditions of release. Newson is currently out on bail for a domestic violence assault.
  • Brian Corvino, 35, of Milford, Maine is charged with robbery with a firearm.

Once the men were taken into custody, a search warrant was prepared and executed on the Bradley Road home. Seized during that search were a 9 mm handgun and a BB gun pistol that closely resembled a semi-automatic handgun.

Newson and Corvino were transported to the Penobscot County Jail, where they are currently being held without bail until their initial court appearance.

Who Do We Contact About Suspected Illegal Drug Activity?

Anyone with information about this investigation or the illegal sale of drugs in their community is urged to contact the Maine Drug Enforcement Office nearest to them. Tips can also be submitted by texting MDEA to TIP411 (847411), or by calling the MDEA tip line at 1-800-452-6457.

If you suffer from substance use disorder, please call 211 or text your zip code to 898-211 for information about available resources in your area.

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