BRIDGEPORT — A Monroe heroin dealer has become the first person convicted in Fairfield County of causing an overdose.
Nicholas Ludwig, 22, of Block Farm Road, pleaded no contest Tuesday before Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin to first-degree assault, sale of narcotics and possession of narcotics with intent to sell. The judge then found him guilty of the charges.
Ludwig faces a maximum prison term of four years, His lawyer, Eugene Riccio, retains the right to argue for a lesser term when Ludwig is sentenced on Nov. 16.
Riccio and Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney C. Robert Satti Jr. declined comment following the hearing.
While there have been a number of drug dealers accused by both state and federal authorities of causing overdoses, few dealers have been convicted of doing so. Court records show this is the first in the Fairfield Judicial District.
Ludwig was arrested July 1, 2017, 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 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.