Darien Police K9 Kenny assists Norwalk Police with narcotics investigation

Francis Bruno

Darien Police K9 Kenny assisted Norwalk  Police with a narcotics investigation on Thursday after members of the Norwald Police Special Services Division conducted a surveillance operation.

During this operation, Norwalk Police said Francis Bruno was observed conducting a narcotics transaction in the Taylor Avenue area of Norwalk. After Norwalk Police said they observed Bruno committing several motor vehicle violations, officers conducted a motor vehicle stop in the parking lot of 497 Connecticut Avenue.

Darien Police Department canine officer and police service dog Kenny responded to the scene to assist.

K9 Kenny indicated for the presence for narcotic odor in Bruno’s vehicle. A search of the vehicle yielded one hundred 24 grams of powdered cocaine. The cocaine was packaged in 48 separate bags of 1.15 gram and 3.7 gram weights. Bruno was in possession of $1,439. Officers seized the cocaine, cash and Bruno’s vehicle. Bruno has an extensive criminal history to include narcotics sale arrests, according to the Norwalk Police.


Bruno, 38, if 13 Commerce Street, Norwalk, was charged with possession of narcotics, poessione of narcotics with intent to seel, possession of nartcotics with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a public housing complex, no tint sticker, no turn signal (three counts) anf failure to obey a stop sign (two counts.) His bond was set at $500,000.
The Darien Police Department announced the start of service for the K9 Team of K9 Kenny and his handler Officer Leslie Silva on June 1.

Officer Leslie Silva and K9 Kenny were brought into full service on June 1, 2017.

Read more about K9 Kenny here.
K9 Kenny is a 3 and a half-year-old Yellow Lab. The name Kenny was chosen as a tribute to fallen Darien Police Officer Kenneth Bateman. K9 Kenny was provided to the department by trainer Frank Reda of Superior K9 Services.
K9 Kenny is a trained narcotics detection dog who works primarily in the patrol division with Officer Silva, but is available to other units within the department for special assignments.

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