An investigation by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force has led to twelve separate indictments of fourteen gang members and associates by a federal grand jury in Boise, Idaho. The indictments included charges for distributing methamphetamine and possessing firearms. U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced today the indictments were returned in October and November 2014 and unsealed on Friday. The Metro Task Force investigation was focused on the “Norteno” or Northside gang, which is active in Nampa and other parts of the Treasure Valley, Idaho. The indictment of these 14 gang members and associates marks the sixth significant gang prosecution investigated by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crime Task Force since it was created nine years ago. The Task Force, that comprises of federal, state and local agencies, conducts complex long-term investigation of criminal gangs.
Four of the fourteen defendants are currently in the custody, they are Guadalupe Serrano, 35, of Caldwell, Johhny Lee Martinez, 33, of Nampa, Isaac Bright, 21, of Caldwell, and Kenny P. Breedlove, 35, of California. On November 20, 2014 another four defendants were arrested, they are Jose Manuel Menchaca, 35, Nicole Danelle Nieto, 31, Brandi Marie Larrea, 31, and Guillermo Farias, Jr., 29, all from Nampa, all four appeared in court the following day and are set to go to trial in separate cases in January 2015. A fifth defendant, Tara Noelle Rivera, 30, of Nampa, was arrested November 23 and will appear in court this week. The final five defendants are fugitives and have warrants outstanding for their arrest, they are Michael David Bradshaw, 31, Richard Lobato, 51, Veronica Cantu, 26, Jose Enrique Olvera Jr., 51, and Ruben Rodriguez, 36, all from Nampa.
Thirteen of the defendants were indicted for drug charges including 22 counts of distributing methamphetamine, three counts of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and two counts of conspiracy to distribute. Five were also indicted for firearms charges including five counts of unlawfully possessing firearms, one count of possessing a sawed-off shotgun, one count of unlawfully transferring a firearm, and two counts of possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
The Metro Task Force prior gang investigations include those of the Aryan Knights gang, which resulted in the conviction of 23 gang members and associates on gun and drug charges in 2013; the Brown Magic Clica gang, which resulted in the conviction of eleven defendants on federal racketeering charges and numerous other state charges in 2012; the Nampa Northside gang, which resulted in the conviction of eleven gang members and associates also in 2011; another Nampa Northside investigation in 2010, which resulted in the conviction of multiple gang members, and the East Side Locos gang, which resulted in the convictions of approximately 25 gang members since 2009.