Man charged with heroin trafficking after allegedly hiding drugs in his shoes

A Stoughton man has been charged with heroin trafficking after authorities say he attempted to hide the drugs in his shoes during a traffic stop.

Josua Pagan, 34, was arraigned in West Roxbury Municipal Court Wednesday on charges of heroin trafficking and a civil infraction of not having an inspection sticker on his vehicle, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office. Bail was set at $60,000. The judge revoked Pagan’s bail on another open Suffolk Superior Court case involving charges of heroin trafficking, unlawful possession of ammunition, and money laundering.

The DA’s office said Pagan was pulled over on Tuesday after a state trooper saw a rejection inspection sticker on his vehicle. The trooper asked Pagan to get out of the car after seeing him reach down towards his feet as the officer approached the vehicle, according to the authorities. When Pagan was asked to remove his shoes, the trooper found a baggie in each shoe, prosecutors said.


Pagan’s attorney Peter Marano said his client will be fighting the charges.

“The search is beyond its permissible constitutional standard,’’ Marano said.

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