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Posted on: January 29, 2018

[ARCHIVED] DA Hoovler and Montgomery Chief Amthor Announce Arrest in Narcotics Case

Jay Pagan

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District Attorney Hoovler and Town of Montgomery Chief of Police Amthor

Announce Arrest in Narcotics Case


Maybrook Man Charged with Selling Narcotics to Woman Who Died


Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler, and Town of Montgomery Police Chief Arnold Amthor announced that on January 26, 2018, the Town of Montgomery Police Department investigated the death of a twenty-four year old Maybrook woman as the result of a possible drug overdose.  The investigation resulted in the arrest of Jay Pagan, 32, of Maybrook.  Pagan was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, and was arraigned in the Town of Montgomery Court on a felony complaint which alleges that he sold heroin to the deceased woman on January 26, 2018.   The heroin sales is alleged to have occurred at Pagan’s residence. Pagan was remanded to Orange County Jail on $25,000 cash bail or $75,000 secured bond. 

The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Sgt. Farina at the Town of Montgomery Police Department.  The matter will be presented to an Orange County Grand Jury.

“There were eighty-eight suspected overdose fatalities in Orange County in 2017,” said District Attorney Hoovler.  “The opioid crises continues to claim far too many lives. This weekend alone there were four suspected overdose deaths in our county.   I commend the Town of Montgomery Police Department for their investigation of this woman’s tragic death.  My office will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to prosecute those who peddle dangerous and frequently lethal narcotics.  While we continue to recommend treatment for many offenders who are addicted to narcotics, reducing the supply of narcotics by imposing meaningful state prison sentences on narcotics traffickers is a necessary part of the solution to this epidemic.”

“The Town of Montgomery Police Department would like to remind its community of its Addiction Assistance Program,” said Town of Montgomery Police Chief Arnold Amthor.  “The program is designed to address the needs of any person who comes into the police station requesting help with their addiction.  Any person, who enters the police station and requests help with their addiction to opiates, or other drugs, will be immediately assisted and screened for the program.  If such a person who has requested help with their addiction is in possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia (needles, etc.), they will not be charged

A criminal charge is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt.  All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the State’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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