Crime

Caldwell man sent to prison on meth, gun charges

Guadalupe Serrano, 35, of Caldwell, was sentenced Tuesday to a year and three months for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and an additional five years for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The two sentences will run consecutively. Serrano pleaded guilty to the charges last month.

Serrano 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.

Guillermo Farias Jr., 29, of Nampa, signed a plea agreement Monday in which he has agreed to plead guilty to distribution of methamphetamine. A hearing date has not been set.

Tara Noelle Rivera, 30, Nicole Danelle Nieto, 31, Brandi Marie Larrea, 31, and Jose Manuel Menchaca, 35, all from Nampa, pleaded guilty to distribution of methamphetamine. Rivera, Nieto and Larrea face up to 20 years in prison. Menchaca faces 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.

Johnny Lee Martinez, 33, Michael David Bradshaw, 31, and Richard Lobato, 51, all from Nampa, have pleaded not guilty to distribution of meth. Martinez is scheduled to go to trial May 11 and Bradshaw and Lobato on May 26.

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 June 15.

Three other defendants — Veronica Cantu, 26, Jose Enrique Olvera Jr., 51, and Ruben Rodriguez, 36, all from Nampa — remain at large.

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