Crime

Nampa woman sent to prison in meth case

Nicole Danelle Nieto, 31, was sentenced Tuesday to 41 months in prison.

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. She had faced up to 20 years in prison.

Nieto 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.

Michael David Bradshaw, 31, of Nampa, pleaded guilty Tuesday to distribution of meth. He faces five to 40 years in prison when he's sentenced Aug. 6.

Jose Manuel Menchaca, 35, and Tara Noelle Rivera, 30, pleaded guilty earlier 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.

Menchaca is scheduled for sentencing on Thursday. 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.

Rivera admitted selling meth to a police informant on three occasions in March 2014. She is scheduled to be sentenced June 17.

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, was sentenced last month to 75 months in prison. He pleaded guilty to possession of meth with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He had faced 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, both of Nampa, pleaded guilty earlier this month to distribution of meth. They are scheduled to be sentenced in July.

California resident Kenny Breedlove, 35, pleaded guilty this month to pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 3. He faces five to 40 years in prison.

Isaac Bright, 21, of Caldwell, is scheduled to go to trial August 11 for unlawful possession of a firearm. Richard Lobato, 51, is scheduled to go to trial Aug. 31 on two counts of distribution of methamphetamine.

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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