PLAINVILLE – A Bristol man has pleaded not guilty to felony charges alleging he failed to answer for a second time to drug charges connected to an overdose that nearly turned fatal.
Matthew Aylward, 38, of 752 King St., Bristol, entered his pleas during a hearing this week in New Britain. He faces two failure to appear charges on a single drug case alone, in addition to other pending cases.
Aylward in September 2021 missed a scheduled court hearing in New Britain Superior Court before missing another hearing in April of this year. He has a number of pending cases, including one in which he allegedly supplied drugs that were ultimately used by someone who nearly died of a drug overdose.
Following the hearing this week, Aylward, who is not being held on multiple bonds, including $200,000 in the drug case, was granted a continuance until Oct. 7.
When he was initially 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, in addition to the failure to appear offenses, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.