Police: Suspect's Mouth was Stuffed with Marijuana

Noel Pagan was wanted on three domestic violence warrants before his arrest on Tuesday.


When Bethlehem police finally caught up with a man wanted on three outstanding domestic violence warrants – one going back more than two years -- his mouth was stuffed with a zip-lock sandwich bag containing 18 smaller bags filled with marijuana, according to court records.

Noel Pagan, 33, whose latest address is listed as 51 W. Spruce St., was taken into custody at 4:16pm Tuesday at 70 W. Goepp St. – about a block from his home. That address is identified in one of the warrants as the home of his ex-girlfriend’s mother.
In addition to the marijuana, Pagan was in possession of $40 and a cell phone, the records say. He was charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana. Bail was set at $25,000 and he was committed to Northampton County Prison.

The records give the following details on the three outstanding warrants – all involving domestic incidents with his ex-girlfriend:

  • The first incident allegedly occurred at 70 W. Goepp St. – where he was picked up Tuesday. On Jan. 13, 2010 around 5:45pm, Pagan, whose address at the time was 427 W. 4th St., threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend -- also the mother of his child -- and punched her in the jaw. As another person was removing him from the home, Pagan screamed, “I will kill you in an hour” and “you are dead.” He is charged with terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment. Bail was set at $15,000.
  • The second incident, which occurred on April 14, 2011, was at 51 W. Spruce St. – Pagan’s current address (his address for the April 14 incident is listed as “unknown”). Police were called around 11pm by a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend. She told police she had an active protection from abuse order against Pagan and that he had just been at the home, where they had a “verbal altercation … over property.” Another man was with her. Pagan left when she called police. The woman said she believed he fled to her mother’s house at 70 W. Goepp St., but he wasn’t there. Pagan is charged with criminal trespass in this case. Bail was set at $15,000.
  • Pagan was at the W. Spruce Street address again, on the afternoon of October 3. The woman told police they had been arguing and that she “wished to turn in the father of her children on a warrant.” Before leaving, he “pushed her and poked her in the face" and yelled, “I’m going to beat you if I don”t kill you first.” His address for this case is listed as 427 W. 4th St. He is charged with terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and harassment. Bail was set at $10,000.


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