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A U.S. Senate staffer allegedly dabbled in drug importation, according to law enforcement. Fred W. Pagan, a staffer for U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) allegedly told law enforcement agents that he imported drugs from China in a plan to exchange them for sexual favors, according to new documents filed in U.S. District Court.

Yesterday, officers from Homeland Security and the Metropolitan Police Department raided Pagan’s home on the 5700 block of Colorado Ave. NW. Inside, they allegedly found 181.5  grams of meth, which Pagan allegedly told officers he received on behalf of “his distributor.”

Agents arrested Pagan yesterday, according to a statement of facts filed by a Homeland Security agent. Pagan works as Cochran’s office manager.

Pagan first came on law enforcement’s radar on April 9, when customs agents found a Chinese package addressed to him in Ohio that held more than a kilo of GBL, a controlled drug akin to “date rape drug” GHB. After the search, Pagan allegedly told investigators that he had received three other GBL packages. According to the court filing, Pagan said that he handed out the GBL and meth “in exchange for sexual favors.”

It’s not clear from court filings what Pagan’s relationship was with his purported distributor. No court date has been set. Pagan didn’t return a request for comment. Cochran spokesman Chris Gallegos says in an email that Cochran was told yesterday that one of his staffers was arrested, but hasn’t seen the more detailed charges filed today.

“Our office is in the process of consulting with Senate legal counsel,” Gallegos writes.

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