Darien man charged with dealing out of home near school
Updated 12:47 pm, Tuesday, November 14, 2017
DARIEN — Police took a 67-year-old Darien man into custody at his home near Middlesex Middle School after they said they found he was selling large amounts of prescription drugs there.
On Nov. 8 around 12:30 p.m., officers saw Benjamin Bruno Jr. leave his Henry Street home while they were surveying the premises. The Darien Police Detective Division and Selective Enforcement Unit had been conducting an investigation into Bruno over the previous two weeks after receiving information the resident was selling large amounts of oxycodone out of his home.
Darien detectives, along with the Stamford Police Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit, made undercover purchases from Bruno at his home. Due to the nature of the crime and the fact his home is two-tenths of a mile away from Middlesex Middle School, police applied for and were granted a warrant to arrest Bruno and search his home.
When officers saw Bruno outside his house, walking to a neighbor’s driveway, they were able to move in and take him into custody. At the time, Bruno had $1,800 in cash on him and a search of his home found 75 pills of oxycodone and brand-name Oxycontin, over an ounce of marijuana and packaging material and equipment to indicate Bruno was selling the marijuana.
Bruno was charged with two counts of a controlled substance, two counts of a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana with an intent to sell. He posted a $5,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in Stamford Superior Court Nov. 20.