Bristol man arrested for failing to answer to drug charges connected to near fatal overdose in Plainville

Published on Friday, 19 November 2021 17:01


PLAINVILLE – A Bristol man who missed court to answer to drug charges in connection with a near fatal overdose in town was arrested on Thursday and charged with multiple counts of failure to appear.

Matthew Aylward, 37, of 752 King St., Bristol, faces three counts of first-degree failure to appear and four counts of second-degree failure to appear.

After he was arrested by Plainville police on Thursday, the 37-year-old was held on a total of $480,000 bond. He was expected to be arraigned in New Britain Superior Court on Friday.

According to judicial records, Aylward failed to appear in court on Sept. 30 in connection with several pending cases. A judge ordered his re-arrest, which was carried out on Thursday.

When he was previously 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, 2020, 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 Friday, 19 November 2021 17:01. Updated: Friday, 19 November 2021 17:03.