Nampa man gets five years for selling methamphetamine

Richard Lobato, 51, was sentenced in federal court Thursday after pleading guilty in September, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.

Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Lobato to serve four years of supervised release following his prison term.

According to the plea agreement, Lobato admitted that he distributed methamphetamine to a confidential informant on two occasions in October 2013, each time selling about a quarter-ounce of meth.

The case is part of an investigation by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force, which focused on the “Norteno” Northside gang that is active in Nampa and other parts of the Treasure Valley. Fourteen individuals were indicted on drug and gun charges as a result of the investigation.