Nampa woman gets federal prison for selling meth

Veronica Cantu, 27, was sentenced in U.S. District Court Wednesday to three years and two months for distributing methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.

Cantu pleaded guilty to the charge in April. According to the plea agreement, co-defendant Tara Rivera, 30, of Nampa arranged to sell meth to a person working with law enforcement as an informant. Rivera then introduced the informant to Cantu, who sold the informant about a quarter-ounce of methamphetamine in March 2014.

Cantu was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2014 and was a fugitive for about a year before she was arrested in Michigan last November.

Co-defendant Rivera was sentenced in June 2015 to two years in prison for distributing methamphetamine.

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