Nampa woman agrees to plead guilty in meth case

Veronica Cantu
Veronica Cantu

A woman who spent a year in hiding before she was captured in Michigan has agreed to plead guilty to one count of distributing methamphetamone, according to a plea agreement filed this week in federal court in Boise.

Veronica Cantu, 26, is scheduled to appear April 19 before U.S. District Magistrate Candy Dale to enter a guilty plea.

A confidential informant arranged to buy methamphetamine from Caldwell resident Tara Rivers on March 4, 2014. When the informant arrived at Rivers’ address, the person was introduced to Cantu, who sold the informant 6.6 grams of meth, according to the agreement.

Cantu and Rivers were among 14 people later indicted on drug and weapons charges. The arrests came following an investigation focused on the Norteño, or Northside, gang that operates in Nampa and other communities in the Treasure Valley.

Cantu was apprehended late last year in Detroit.

She faces up to 20 years in prison.

Rivera, 32, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of meth and was sentenced last summer to two years in prison.

Isaac Bright, 22, of Caldwell, who was also charged in the case, has filed an appeal with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He was sentenced in February to 27 months in prison for illegal possession of a firearm. Bright claims Caldwell police lacked probable cause to search him as a passenger in a car that was stopped for a traffic violation.

Bright is currently housed at the Idaho State Correctional Center near Kuna. He is serving time for a 2013 kidnapping case from Canyon County. His federal sentence will not begin until he completes the state sentence. He is eligible for parole in that case in August.

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @IDS_Sowell