March 28, 2020

Milbridge man sentenced to two years in cocaine case

BANGOR — The second member of a Washington County trio convicted of conspiring to sell cocaine shipped to them from California last summer was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday.

Erwin F. Dorr, 46, of Milbridge pleaded guilty in October to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and aiding and abetting in that crime.

He was described as a minor player among a trio that trafficked in a total of $170,000 worth of the drug.

U.S. District Judge Morton Brody also ordered Dorr to go through two years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term.

Through his attorney, Dorr asked to be assigned to a prison that features the “boot camp” or “shock incarceration” program.

The program involves a military type of incarceration in which first-time, nonviolent offenders give up certain amenities like telephone calls and television in exchange for a disciplined lifestyle and the chance for early release if they complete the program successfully.

Brody expressed doubt that Dorr would be admitted to the program because of his advanced age but said he would recommend him for boot camp and leave it to prison officials to determine his fitness for it.

During Thursday’s hearing, Dorr apologized for his role in the incident, which unraveled after a package filled with 438 grams of cocaine arrived at the Brewer United Parcel Service office on June 28, 1997.

“I’ve been a hard worker all my life and just got caught up in everything,” said Dorr.

Another member of the trio, Maud Hayward, 40, of Milbridge, was sentenced to nine months in prison Jan. 15 for her role in the plan. The third member, David Look, 46, of Columbia Falls will be sentenced today.

The three are accused of receiving at least seven packages of cocaine from California, although only one package delivered June 28, 1997, was used to convict them.

According to court records, the trio was targeted by local, county and state police after Long Beach, Calif., detectives contacted the Milbridge Police Department about a package of cocaine they seized June 25, 1997, from the UPS center in Long Beach.

The California police arranged to ship the cocaine to Maine where local officials were waiting. Hayward and Dorr accepted the package for Look at the Brewer UPS office June 28.

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