Kenny P. Breedlove, 35, of Porterville pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
Police seized nearly 12 pounces of meth after Breedlove was pulled over for a traffic stop in Nampa on Oct. 6. A drug dog called to the scene alerted to the presence of drugs. Officers also confiscated a loaded 9 mm pistol and digital scales police said was used to weigh the drugs.
Additional charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime were dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea.
Breedlove faces between five years and 40 years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 3.
He was one of 14 people arrested 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.
Last week, Johnny Lee Martinez, 33, and Guillermo Farias Jr., 29, both of Nampa, pleaded guilty to distributing methamphetamine. They are scheduled to be sentenced July 20 and each face up to 20 years in prison.
Guadalupe Serrano, 35, of Caldwell, was sentenced last month 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 sentences will run consecutively.
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.
Michael David Bradshaw, 31, and Richard Lobato, 51, all from Nampa, have pleaded not guilty to distribution of meth. Bradshaw and Lobato are scheduled to go to trial on May 26.
Isaac Bright, 21, of Caldwell, is scheduled to go to trial May 19 for unlawful possession of a firearm.
Three other defendants — Veronica Cantu, 26, Jose Enrique Olvera Jr., 51, and Ruben Rodriguez, 36, all from Nampa — remain at large..
The cases are being prosecuted by a special assistant U.S. Attorney hired by the Treasure Valley Partnership and the State of Idaho to address gang crimes. The Treasure Valley Partnership is comprised of a group of elected officials in southwest Idaho dedicated to regional coordination, cooperation, and collaboration on creating coherent regional growth.