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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Eighth Guilty Plea in Norteno Investigation

California Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute

BOISE – Kenny P. Breedlove, 35, of Porterville, California, pleaded guilty today in United States District Court to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.  Breedlove was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 14, 2014.

According to the plea agreement, Breedlove admitted that on October 6, 2014, he possessed methamphetamine that he intended to distribute to another person.  On that date, Nampa Police officers conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle Breedlove was driving.  Breedlove told officers the vehicle belonged to him.  A police drug-detection dog sniffed the vehicle and alerted to the odor of illegal drugs.  Police officers searched the vehicle and located a loaded 9 millimeter pistol, 337 grams of methamphetamine, and digital scales.  As part of his plea agreement, Breedlove admitted that he possessed the pistol in connection with the drug offense.

The charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute is punishable by a minimum term of imprisonment of five years and up to forty years, a maximum fine of $5 million, and a minimum term of four years supervised release.  Breedlove is scheduled to be sentenced on August 3, 2015, by Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Boise.

Breedlove was charged as a result 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.  So far, one defendant has been sentenced.  Guadalupe Serrano was sentenced on April 21, 2015, to 75 months in prison for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and for possessing firearms in furtherance of the drug trafficking crime.  Breedlove was the eighth defendant to plead guilty.  The others that have pleaded guilty include Johnny Lee Martinez, 33, Guillermo Farias Jr., 29, Jose Manuel Menchaca, 35, Nicole Danelle Nieto, 31, Brandi Marie Larrea, 31, and Tara Noelle Rivera, 30, all from Nampa.  Three others are scheduled for trial including Michael David Bradshaw, 31, Richard Lobato, 51, both from Nampa, and Isaac Bright, 21, from Caldwell.  Three other defendants have outstanding warrants, including Jose Enrique Olvera Jr., 51, Ruben Rodriguez, 36, and Veronica Cantu, 26, all from Nampa.

These cases are the result of a joint investigation by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crime Task Force and the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).  The Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crime Task Force is comprised of federal, state and local agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Boise Police Department; Ada County Sheriff’s Office; Caldwell Police Department; Nampa Police Department; Meridian Police Department; Canyon County Sheriff’s Office; and Idaho Department of Probation and Parole.  The Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), includes the cooperative law enforcement efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Drug Enforcement Administration; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation; and U.S. Marshals Service.  The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations.

These cases are being prosecuted by the Special Assistant U.S. Attorney hired by the Treasure Valley Partnership and the State of Idaho to address gang crimes.  The Treasure Valley Partnership is comprised of a group of elected officials in southwest Idaho dedicated to regional coordination, cooperation, and collaboration on creating coherent regional growth.  For more information, visit treasurevalleypartners.org.

 

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated May 12, 2015