Benjamin Gerald Owen, 37, Thief River Falls, has been sentenced for felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance.
Owen was sentenced to 15 months in prison stayed for five years.
He was ordered to serve supervised probation for five years. Owen was ordered to complete a chemical assessment. He was ordered to successfully complete all recommendations, including treatment and aftercare.
Owen was ordered to not use or possess firearms, ammunition, or explosives. He was ordered to provide a DNA sample.
Owen was also ordered to pay $210 in fees and fines.
The charge stemmed from a report to police on April 8 at about 1:53 a.m., according to the complaint. A suspicious man was in the backyard of 613 Kendall Ave. S. The man, later identified as Owen, was wearing dark clothing and wasn’t responding.
After police arrived, they found Owen was distant and slow to respond. It appeared he was sleeping while standing. Owen said he was hiding because people were chasing him.
He possessed a small baggie of 3.26 grams of methamphetamine and a meth pipe containing meth residue.
Owen told police that he was on supervised probation for controlled substances.