Steamboat man suspected of receiving meth in mail |

Steamboat man suspected of receiving meth in mail

Crime and Courts

Police suspect a Steamboat Springs man was receiving illegal drugs through U.S. Postal Service mail.

James Branneky, 32, was arrested Monday night on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

On June 5, a person came to the Steamboat Springs Police Department with a package that had been purchased online.

According to an arrest affidavit, Branneky purchased the package and had it shipped to the person police talked to.

James Branneky

The person told police they had allowed Branneky to ship narcotics to their residence about five times, the affidavit states.

Police opened the package and found 4.8 grams of a substance that tested positive as methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.

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Police resealed the package and set up a sting.

They arranged to have the person deliver the package to Branneky at a Steamboat gas station Monday. Police monitored the exchange.

Branneky arrived on a bike, opened the package and took the substance inside, according to the affidavit.

Branneky then left the gas station and was arrested by police.

While searching Branneky, police found six unused syringes, a spoon with burn marks on the bottom, a tin can with unknown drug residue and tin foil inside, two pills and about 36 Suboxone strips, according to the affidavit.

Suboxone can be used by people to help manage opioid dependence.

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