PLAINVILLE - A Plainville man sentenced in 2020 to 18 months in prison for supplying Fentanyl to his girlfriend before she died of an overdose has been accused of violating his probation.
Scott Ludwin, 43, formally denied the charge during a hearing in New Britain Superior Court on Thursday.
He has remained held on $50,000 bond since his arrest on Jan. 5. Ludwin is due back in court March 8 for a pretrial hearing.
According to judicial records, this is Ludwin’s first alleged violation of probation.
The 43-year-old is on probation following a sentence handed down in March 2020, when he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, suspended after service of 18 months behind bars. He also received three years of probation, during which time a violation would expose him to an additional eight and a half years of prison time.
Ludwin was sentenced after pleading no contest to charges of second-degree manslaughter and distribution of a narcotic substance. Those charges stemmed from the death of his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Monique Poulin, who was 25 years old when she died of an overdose sometime between Nov. 4 and Nov. 8 of 2017. According to court documents, Ludwin bought an eight-ball of crack cocaine and what he may have believed were two bundles of heroin, which turned out to be Fentanyl, from a drug dealer in Hartford on Nov. 3, 2017.
Police wrote in the warrant that Ludwin shared the drugs with Poulin and told her to “be careful” the last time he saw her, after the couple had been purchasing what she thought were particularly strong batches of drugs.
Poulin was found dead in her apartment on Nov. 8, 2017. Police were there on a well-being check after she missed a therapy session a day earlier. In her garbage, police found four empty wax baggies, commonly used to package heroin or Fentanyl - an opioid more powerful than heroin. Medics noted that it appeared that she had been dead for “some time” before police found her.
Authorities were able to break the password to Poulin’s phone and found that she used a search engine to look up “Fentanyl” at 12:21 a.m. four days before she was found dead.
“Poulin’s last known documentable activity on her phone tends to indicate that she was researching Fentanyl to educate herself on the effects and symptoms,” police wrote in the warrant.
In the days before her death, police found that Poulin and Ludwin had been messaging each other frequently about illegal drug use. In one conversation, she asked him to message her before and after he was intending on using drugs, so she would know he was OK, as they had been using drugs she described as “strong as hell.”
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