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Anchorage man who used auto shop as a front to sell oxycodone gets 11 years in prison

An Anchorage man who used his auto repair business as a front to sell oxycodone was sentenced to prison on Tuesday, according to federal prosecutors.

Spresim Alimi, 36, was sentenced to 136 months in prison – 11 years and four months – for possession with intent to distribute oxycodone, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Alaska said.

He also forfeited $88,146 and a 2016 Dodge Viper, prosecutors said.

Alimi operated Alpina Auto Repair, a store in Midtown Anchorage that prosecutors say Alimi used as a front to sell drugs.

Alimi would "sometimes use the credit card machine at Alpina Auto to conduct narcotics transactions with buyers," prosecutors said.

A search of Alimi's home, business and storage unit uncovered 4,363 oxycodone pills and nearly $90,000 in cash, along with a 2016 Dodge Viper that he had bought shortly before his arrest.

Prosecutors say that Alimi sold each oxycodone pill for $35 – making the total street value more than $150,000.

Alimi pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute in July 2016, according to prosecutors. He was in custody at the Cook Inlet Pretrial facility in Anchorage on Tuesday, online records show.

Correction: An earlier version of this story, based on information from prosecutors, identified Spresim Alimi as the owner of Alpina Auto Repair. The current business owner, Rasim Kadriu, said that Alimi is his son-in-law, and simply operated the business under contract while Kadriu was out of the country.

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