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District of Idaho

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Large Scale Boise Methamphetamine Distributor Sentenced to Over 16 Years in Federal Prison

BOISE James Peirsol, 53, of Boise, Idaho, was sentenced today to 200 months in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine throughout the Treasure Valley, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced. Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edward J. Lodge also sentenced Peirsol to serve ten years of supervised release.


 Peirsol pleaded guilty on July 6, 2017, to one count of distributing more than 50 grams of actual methamphetamine.   According to court records, Peirsol admitted to distributing 444.9 grams of actual methamphetamine to a confidential informant on February 25, 2016.  On May 28, 2016, Peirsol distributed 493.2 grams of additional actual methamphetamine to a confidential informant.  Peirsol had previously been convicted of three drug-related felonies and one felony domestic battery offense. 


 This case was the result of a joint investigation by Garden City Police Department, the Idaho State Police and the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), includes the cooperative law enforcement efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Drug Enforcement Administration; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation; and U.S. Marshals Service. The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations.

Drug Trafficking
BARBARA LAYMAN Public Information Officer (208) 334-1211
Updated October 19, 2017