The Boulder County Drug Task Force has arrested a Superior man accused of selling a variety of drugs after police found more than five types of drugs and more than 100 marijuana plants during a raid on his home in August.
James Daniel Kavanagh, 50, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of 12 charges, including multiple counts of possession with intent to distribute MDMA, LSD, methcathinone, oxycodone, cocaine, alprazolam, better known by the name brand Xanax, and diazepam, better known by the name brand Valium. All of those charges are felonies. Other possible charges include distribution of MDMA and ecstasy pills, and cultivation of more than 30 marijuana plants, also all felonies.
Kavanagh was taken to Boulder County Jail and is being held on a $50,000 cash bond. He will be formally charged in court on Thursday.
Police executed a search warrant in March at Kavanagh’s home at 121 Mohawk Circle in Superior following a number of controlled buys made at the home starting in January, according to an arrest affidavit.
The person who executed the controlled buys told police Kavanagh had a briefcase “full of drugs,” according to the affidavit. The buyer also told police that Kavanagh buys the drugs on the dark web, a part of the internet that isn’t visible on search engines and requires special software or authorization to access, the affidavit states. He allegedly used cryptocurrency to pay for them.
During the search warrant execution, Kavanagh was detained away from his residence. According to the affidavit, he gave consent for police to search his Honda Pilot SUV, where he said they would find drugs and cash.
Police found two other people in the house, who were determined not to have a connection to the alleged drug trafficking.
In a snakeskin bag near the back of the SUV, police found 18 MDMA pills, eight oxycodone pills, two amphetamine pills, one clonazepan pill, 1.5 diazepam pills and a half-pill of alprazolam, according to the affidavit. They also found 16.66 grams of MDMA, 2.33 grams of methcaninone, small amounts of LSD and cocaine, two sugar cubes and seven mints believed to contain LSD, and an unknown yellow powder.
A sprinkler head containing prepackaged MDMA, a methamphetamine-style pipe, a digital scale and $16,800 in cash also were found in the snakeskin bag, the affidavit states.
In the home, police found an illegal marijuana grow operation spanning at least two rooms, according to the affidavit. A Drug Enforcement Administration task force officer seized the 131 marijuana plants at the property and later destroyed them.
After police searched the home, police organized two more successful controlled buys at Kavanagh’s home.
According to Colorado courts records, a petition was filed Sept. 7 to cite Kavanagh as a public nuisance and the case is still open. He has no previous felony convictions in Colorado.
Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, [email protected]