Crime

Nampa woman pleads guilty to meth charge

Tara Noelle Rivera, 30, pleaded guilty Tuesday to distribution of methamphetamine during an appearance in federal court in Boise.

Rivera admitted selling meth to a police informant on three occasions in March 2014.

In exchange for Rivera’s guilty plea, prosecutors dropped a second charge of sale of a firearm to a prohibited person. Rivera admitted selling a 9 mm pistol to the informant.

Rivera was arrested along with 13 other people as part of a lengthy investigation by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force. The investigation focused on the Norteno, or Northside, gang that operates in Nampa and other communities in the Treasure Valley.

Rivera faces up to 20 years in prison when she’s sentenced June 17 by Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill.

Jose Manuel Menchaca, 35, and Nicole Danelle Nieto, 31, pleaded guilty earlier in March to distribution of methamphetamine.

Menchaca sold nearly 11 grams of meth to two police informants on three occasions between Feb. 12, 2013, and April 29, 2014. The transactions took place at Menchaca’s home; during one of the sales, he took the informant to his supplier’s home and handed over the drugs there.

Nieto admitted that she sold methamphetamine to a police informant on two occasions in June 2014. Police found additional meth when they searched her home.

Nieto faces up to 20 years in prison when she is sentenced May 26 before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge.

Menchaca is scheduled for a sentencing hearing two days later. He faces from five to 40 years in prison. His potential sentence is stiffer because one of the sales for which he was charged involved more than 5 grams of meth.

Brandi Marie Larrea, 31, of Nampa, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of meth. Four other counts were dismissed. She faces up to 20 years in prison when she’s sentenced June 17.

Guadalupe Serrano, 35, of Caldwell, pleaded guilty last month to possession of meth with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. She faces a mandatory five years on the gun charge and up to 20 years on the possession charge, to run consecutively.

Johnny Lee Martinez, 33, and Guillermo Farias Jr., 29, all of Nampa, have pleaded not guilty to distribution of meth. Rivera is scheduled to go to trial March 30, with her co-defendants set for trial May 11.

Isaac Bright, 21, of Caldwell, is scheduled to go to trial May 19 for unlawful possession of a firearm. California resident Kenny Breedlove, 35, pleaded not guilty to possession of meth with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and is scheduled for trial on March 30.

Five other defendants — Michael David Bradshaw, 31, Richard Lobato, 51, Veronica Cantu, 26, Jose Enrique Olvera Jr., 51, and Ruben Rodriguez, 36, all from Nampa — remain at large.

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