Segura withdraws motion to suppress

Defense attorney hints at plea agreement with state; files time waiver

By Melanie Yingst -

MIAMI COUNTY — Attorney Jon Paul Rion withdrew his defendant, Erick Segura’s motion to suppress evidence during a hearing with Judge Jeannine Pratt in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Thursday.

Erick Segura, 24, of Tipp City, appeared in court along with defense attorney Jon Paul Rion at the hearing. Segura also signed and acknowledged his receipt of a time waiver for trial on Thursday.

“We don’t have a plea agreement yet, but we’re close,” said Rion during the hearing.

Segura remains incarcerated with a $500,000 bond.

Miami County Prosecutor Anthony Kendell and Paul Watkins appeared at the hearing. Kendell acknowledged the plea agreement process and asked for Judge Pratt to allow up to five days for a jury trial to be scheduled in the coming weeks if needed.

Erick Segura was indicted on the following charges: First-degree felony engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity; Second-degree felony conspiracy to engage in pattern of corrupt activity; 27 counts of first-degree felony aggravated funding of drug trafficking with three specifications for vehicle forfeiture; third-degree felony money laundering; two counts of felony possession of heroin; one count of first-degree felony and one count of fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine; fifth-degree possession of heroin; third-degree possession of marijuana and fourth-degree felony carrying a concealed weapon with vehicle forfeiture.

He could face a life sentence of prison if convicted on all charges.

Erick’s brother Mario Segura, 33, and his wife, Aleesha Segura-White, 22, entered not guilty pleas on grand jury indictments related to a slew of charges in connection with a large-scale drug operation uncovered approximately 18 months ago. Jose Barajas, 36, of Huber Heights, also entered a not guilty plea on related charges.

The Seguras were served warrants for their arrest related to the drug ring at 109 N. First St., Tipp City, residence last September. The drug activity was a “wholesale” operation, not street level deals. Several kilos of methamphetamine, heroin, and other drugs were recovered at the home during the initial investigation. Several vehicles were also confiscated during the raid.

They remain incarcerated at the Miami County Jail.
Defense attorney hints at plea agreement with state; files time waiver

By Melanie Yingst