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Teen sentenced for drugs

A Ponsford teenager was sentenced Tuesday in Becker County District Court on charges of felony drug possession and underage consumption of alcohol, a misdemeanor.

Kevin Wayne Fineday Jr., 17, of 28407 County Road 129, Ponsford, was placed on indefinite, supervised probation, and ordered to complete a residential treatment program at the Northwest Minnesota Juvenile Center in Bemidji.

Fineday was charged in connection with a May 28 incident in Park Rapids; the case was transferred from Hubbard to Becker County for disposition.

A law enforcement officer had observed Fineday riding a bicycle on Main Avenue in Park Rapids at around 9:35 p.m. on May 28, in violation of a city ordinance, and asked him to stop. According to the complaint, the officer smelled alcohol on him, and Fineday reportedly admitted that he had been drinking.

While he was being questioned, Fineday kept his hands in his pockets, and something about his manner caused the officer to initiate a pat-down search. In Fineday's pockets, the officer reportedly found a knife, cigarettes and several loose pills that were later identified as containing a narcotic substance. Fineday did not have a prescription for the pills.