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Tuesday, November 20 Local

Accused Monroe heroin dealer charged with assault in overdose

BRIDGEPORT - An alleged Monroe heroin dealer was charged with assault Tuesday after police said he sold Fentanyl-laced heroin to a woman who overdosed on the drug.

Nicholas Ludwig, 21, of Block Farm Road, Monroe, was charged with first-degree assault and reckless endangerment during his arraignment before Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin on earlier drug charges.

It is believed to be the first time an alleged drug dealer has been charged with assault in connection with drug dealing in the Bridgeport court.

“Judgment needs to be reserved in cases involving drugs and young people,” Ludwig’s lawyer, Eugene Riccio, said after the arraignment.

Ludwig was arrested July 1 after Monroe police said they caught him in the act of selling heroin on East Village Road. He was charged with possession of narcotics with intent to sell and possession of narcotics.

The following day Monroe officers were dispatched to Maple Drive for a possible overdose. When officers got to the scene they found an unconscious young woman lying on a bedroom floor, police said. It took four doses of an anti-overdose drug to bring the young woman back to consciousness, police said and she was taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center.

Police said the woman later told them she had snorted heroin at Ludwig’s house after purchasing five bags from him for $40. She recalled her boyfriend driving her home but nothing after that.

Police said Ludwig’s mother told them she remembered the young woman coming to her home the evening of July 2 and that the woman appeared fine and normal before going into Ludwig’s bedroom.

“After a few minutes of her being in Nicholas’ room, she was coming downstairs all disoriented and unsteady on her feet as if she was drunk,” police said Ludwig’s mother recounted.

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