New K9 class trained to sniff out opioids

MIDDLETOWN >> The latest class of State Police-trained K9s are all trained to detect narcotics including heroin and fentanyl.

According to a release from Connecticut State Police on Friday, the 181st Narcotics Detection Dog Class included eight dogs that have been trained to detect narcotics.

Friday’s graduation marks the end of an 11-week, “rigorous and intense” training course for the pups, who are all Labradors from Guiding Eyes for the Blind in New York, according to the release.

Five of the dogs will work for Connecticut State Police. Their names along with their handlers:

Det. Joseph Miller and K9 Shamus

Det. Nathan Charron and K9 Hogan

Det. Shawn Musial and K9 Iowa

Trooper First Class David Minsenti and K9 Yodel

The remaining four dogs will work at four other departments across the state. They include:

Colchester Police Off. Jonathan Goss and K9 Josefina

Enfield Police Off. Brian Croteau and K9 Putnam

Hartford Police Det. Zachary Kashmanian and K9 Conner

Stafford Police Sgt. James Kodzis and K9 David

Esteban L. Hernandez, New Haven Register 



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