By Ethan Colbert
A rural Pike County man is behind bars after officers with the East Central Drug Task Force and the Pike County Sheriff’s Department detained him following a search of his property on Highway F in rural Pike County.
According to electronic court records, Darin Robert Hager, 36, has been charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor charge of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
In the probable cause statement filed with the Pike County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, when authorities began their search, they found Hager resting on the bed in the master bedroom of his home.
When they examined the bed, they found a zip-up container located beneath the mattress. In the container, were the following items, according to police: one glass pipe, three lighters, one large bag and two smaller bags of a substance that later field tested positive for methamphetamine.
The larger bag weighed 7.6 grams, according to authorities. The two smaller bags weighed between 1.2 and 1.4 grams.
According to officials, the smaller bags “appeared to be prepared for sale of distribution.”
As one official wrote in the probable cause statement, “It is not uncommon for distributors of narcotics to hold smaller bags or containers with larger bags to distribute.”
After being detained by authorities, Hager reportedly declined to be interviewed.
Hager was taken into custody at that time. As of press time, Associate Circuit Court Judge Milan Berry has set Hager’s bond at $15,000 cash only, with a 10 percent payment acceptable, with the condition that Hager maintain full-time employment and that he consent to random drug testing.
At this time, he remains in custody according to a press release from the Pike County Sheriff’s Department.