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DL man gets jail for possessing pill

A Detroit Lakes man was given a stay of adjudication Thursday in Becker County District Court on a felony drug possession charge.

Joseph Benjamin Hager, 27, who is listed as being homeless, was ordered to serve up to five years of supervised probation and 29 days in jail. Successful completion of his probation will result in dismissal of the charge. He was also ordered to complete an undetermined amount of community service in lieu of $1,160 in court fines and fees.

A second misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct was dismissed.

Hager was charged in relation to a Sept. 3 incident outside West River Apartments in Detroit Lakes.

According to court records, officers responded to a report of an "out of control" individual outside the apartment building at around 6:42 p.m. The man, identified as Hager, was reportedly making "offensive and lewd" comments to a 10-year-old girl.

While he was being questioned about the incident, Hager reportedly became "extremely belligerent" and refused to calm down, prompting officers to arrest him for disorderly conduct.

During a booking search on that charge, a white pill was found in his possession that was later identified as containing the drug Clonazepam.