Segura pleads guilty in alleged drug ring case


Plea deal to serve 10 years considered

By Melanie Yingst - myingst@civitamsedia.com



MIAMI COUNTY — Erick Segura, 24, of Tipp City, entered a plea of guilty to 34 counts of drug-related felonies in connection with a large scale drug ring revealed last fall.

Segura was arraigned on a bill of information charging him with felony engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, conspiracy, concealed carry violation, money laundering, possession of heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine and trafficking heroin.

Segura pleaded guilty to the charges in exchange for a plea deal to serve 10 years on all charges and to have the original indictment dismissed. There was no condition the sentence was to be mandatory and Segura forfeited rights to seven vehicles seized in the case.

Miami County Prosecutor Tony Kendell agreed to dismiss the original indictment.

Segura, a U.S. citizen, could face up to 109 years and a $330,000 fine on all charges. Judge Jeannine Pratt ordered Segura to complete a pre-sentence investigation. Segura will be sentenced April 17.

Segura was one of three subjects Miami County Sheriff’s Office arrested in Tipp City last fall, on indictments stemming from the alleged drug ring, which was first uncovered in 2014.

Segura, along with his brother Mario and wife Aleesha, were arrested due to their alleged ties to the drug ring which included nearly 80 pounds of heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine that was distributed in the Miami Valley.

Earlier this week, Jose Barajas, 37, entered a plea of guilty to four felony charges in a change of plea hearing to plead guilty to the superseding grand jury indictments of one count first degree felony engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, two counts of first degree felony aggravated funding of drug trafficking and one count of second degree felony conspiracy to engage in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Barajas was represented by public defender Jack Hemm. A joint plea agreement with the state recommends Barajas to serve three years in prison on all counts. The agreement did not include a clause that he would have to testify against the other defendants. Barajas’ sentence will be mandatory and he is not eligible for early release. He also will serve five years of post-release control.

Judge Jeannine Pratt stated Barajas could face up to 41 years in prison and pay a total of $35,000 fine for all charges. Bararjas is also subject to have his driver’s license suspended up to five years.

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Plea deal to serve 10 years considered

By Melanie Yingst

myingst@civitamsedia.com

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