Bristol man allegedly connected to near fatal overdose in Plainville wanted for skipping court

Published on Wednesday, 6 October 2021 16:29


PLAINVILLE – Police are looking for a Bristol man who failed to appear on drug charges connected to a tip police received indicating he supplied heroin or Fentanyl to someone who then sold drugs to the victim of a near fatal overdose in town.

Matthew Aylward, 37, of 752 King St., Bristol, missed a scheduled court appearance last Thursday in New Britain Superior Court, according to judicial records.

Judicial records also indicated a judge ordered that the 37-year-old be rearrested once he is found. He faces a number of pending cases and was free on $100,000 bond in just the drug case stemming from Plainville. He is expected to face multiple counts of failure to appear.

When he was arrested, Aylward was found with 322 wax folds of Fentanyl, weighing a total of 68.2 grams, a stolen gun, seven suboxone packages, less than a gram of crack cocaine, $1,765 and drug packaging and paraphernalia, according to the police report. His arrest came after a search of the vehicle he was a passenger in on May 2, in the early morning hours. Police wrote in their report he was in town to sell drugs to someone.

According to the police report, officers began investigating Aylward a day earlier, after they responded to a drug overdose that nearly turned fatal. The victim used heroin or Fentanyl a few minutes before collapsing and going unconscious.

The victim, who is not identified in the police report, was able to be revived after multiple doses of Narcan, according to police.

Police were able to link someone to the drugs the overdose victim bought and used. They were then able to link Aylward as someone who supplied drugs to the dealer who sold heroin or Fentanyl to the victim, the police report said.

Aylward’s criminal history includes convictions of sale of narcotics and possession of narcotics, police wrote.

The gun Aylward had in the car, a loaded Smith & Wesson revolver, was found to have been stolen from Norwich, according to the report.

The driver of the car was not arrested, as Aylward took responsibility for the drugs and the gun, the report said.

In just that case, he faces charges of sale of Fentanyl, possession of Fentanyl, possession of suboxone, possession of crack cocaine, stealing a firearm, criminal possession of a revolver, weapon in a motor vehicle, pistol permit violation, sixth-degree larceny by possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Plainville on Wednesday, 6 October 2021 16:29. Updated: Wednesday, 6 October 2021 16:32.