Man pleads guilty to leaving drugs at Bristol home where victim overdosed

Published on Wednesday, 16 May 2018 16:29


BRISTOL - An East Hartford man, with a history of selling drugs in Bristol, has pleaded guilty to leaving behind multiple types of drugs in a local home after police believe he administered Narcan to a man who overdosed.

Ashley Dunbar, 33, accepted a plea bargain Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court, receiving a one-year prison sentence. He pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance. In exchange, one count each of sale of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia were dropped.

According to the warrant, police and medics were called to 74 Wooding St. on Feb. 7, around 10:20 p.m., on a medical call. As an officer arrived, he saw a Dodge minivan, with Texas license plates, back out of the home’s driveway and speed away. The officer then spoke to the woman who had called 911. She said she went to the home to see her female friend, when she found a man unconscious on the ground.

According to the warrant, shortly after police arrived, before an officer or medics could administer Narcan, the man suddenly regained consciousness. Police wrote in the warrant that they believe the man overdosed on opiates, and that someone administered Narcan to him and cleaned up the drug paraphernalia that had likely been used. Police also believe that same person is the one who took off as an officer arrived.

In the home, officers found 32 wax paper folds, containing suspected heroin, 9.2 grams of crack cocaine in nine knotted baggies, 2.2 grams of powder cocaine, a scale and other materials associated with drug sales. Near the illegal drugs, police found two bottles containing medical marijuana, prescribed to Dunbar, and a paystub made out to him, the warrant said.

Police later learned that the vehicle that had left the home was a rental. They contacted the rental company and tracked it down to a local woman, who originally told officers she had loaned the vehicle to Dunbar. This led police to further believe that Dunbar was the one who suddenly left the home after someone had overdosed there, the warrant said.

A few days later, the woman called police and said she wanted to withdraw her statement. An officer told her she could make a second statement, but she hung up the phone abruptly. Police wrote in the warrant that they believe the woman lent the vehicle to Dunbar in exchange for illegal drugs.

Dunbar was previously convicted of sale of narcotics in 2015, possession with intent to sell in 2011 and first-degree assault in 2007, according to court officials.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Wednesday, 16 May 2018 16:29. Updated: Wednesday, 16 May 2018 16:32.