STATEMENT ON THE ARREST OF COCHRAN STAFF MEMBER

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The office of U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today issued the following statement regarding the arrest of Fred Pagan, the Senator’s office manager:

“Senator Cochran is disturbed and deeply saddened by the arrest of his long-time aide Fred Pagan, and is suspending him of all duties pending the outcome of this case.”

Sen. Thad Cochran’s Office
4/24/15

Cochran office manager accused of distributing drugs for sex

Fred W. Pagan, 49, a longtime Cochran staffer, is also accused of illegally receiving shipments from China of GBL, a controlled substance that’s often abused as a recreational drug itself or used to make the “date rape” drug GHB.

U.S. Customs agents allegedly detected GBL in a package from China addressed to Pagan’s home in Washington. On Thursday morning, Homeland Security agents and D.C. police raided Pagans home, allegedly finding 181.5 grams of methamphetamine in plastic bags.

An affidavit by a Homeland Security agent said Pagan admitted he had received previous shipments of GBL from China, and that he had received the methamphetamine in a shipment from California — intending to exchange both drugs for sexual favors.

Clarion Ledger
4/24/15