Date: January 17, 2020 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org BOISE - Alexandr Stricharskiy of Meridian, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 63 months in prison for distributing fifty grams or more of pure methamphetamine. Senior U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Stricharskiy to pay a $2,500 fine and serve five years of supervised release following his prison sentence. Stricharskiy pleaded guilty to the charge on April 18, 2019. According to court records, Stricharskiy sold methamphetamine to an undercover law enforcement officer on three occasions. Also, as part of his crimes, Stricharskiy agreed to make a hidden compartment in a vehicle so others could secretly transport drugs. Stricharskiy was the owner and operator of an auto body shop located at 2701 West Idaho Street, Boise, Idaho. As part of his plea agreement, he agreed that this property facilitated his drug trafficking and was subject to forfeiture. The sale of the property netted $100,000 to be forfeited to the United States as equivalent to unrecovered drug proceeds. This indictment was the result of a joint investigation by the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation's illegal drug supply. Program participants include Federal Bureau of Investigation; Drug Enforcement Administration; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations; Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation; and U.S. Marshals Service.