Seguras sentenced for drug ring roles

By Melanie Yingst -




MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeannine Pratt sentenced Mario Segura, 33, of Tipp City, to serve three years in prison for 21 felony charges related to the drug ring he and his relatives and others were operating in Tipp City since 2013.

Mario Segura pleaded guilty to the following:one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, conspiracy to engage in a pattern of corrupt activity, one count of possession of cocaine, 15 counts of aggravated funding of drug trafficking and three counts of money laundering.

Miami County Prosecutor Tony Kendell said Segura and co-defendant Aleesha Segura-White, who was also sentenced Tuesday, were the lowest on the “food chain” or culpability in the drug ring to explain the joint recommendations in both of their cases. Kendell also said the pair were cooperative throughout the investigation.

Segura apologized to the court, to his family and to the families his conduct affected by the sale of the drugs in court.

“I apologize for everything I did. I take full responsibility for my actions,” Segura said. Segura mentioned his three children and how he wants to “get this over with.”

Segura was given 273 days of jail time credit.

Another party was sentenced by Judge Pratt in relation to the case on Tuesday.

Aleesha Segura-White, 22, of Tipp City, was sentenced to serve the maximum five years of community control.

Segura-White, 22, of Tipp City, entered a guilty plea to seven counts of third-degree money laundering and one count of fifth-degree drug possession last month.

Prior to the sentencing, Segura-White’s attorney, J. David Turner said his client had taken responsibility for her actions and had been forthright with authorities. Turner also said Segura-White’s 273 days of jail time had a “significant impact on her.”

Kendell said Segura-White was cooperative during the investigation, had no prior criminal record and was the “least culpable” of the eight defendants.

In her statement to the court, Segura-White pleaded with the judge to allow her to reunite with her children and her family. She also expressed remorse for her actions, noting the devastation she witnessed that heroin and drugs and the painful detox process it had on the women in jail. She said she was ignorant of the danger of heroin and apologized to the friends and family who have lost loved ones to heroin addiction.

Judge Pratt said Segura-White would have been sentenced to prison had it not been for the plea agreement with the state for community control. Judge Pratt said she encourages defendants who are cooperative with authorities and noted Segura-White’s remorse in her statement to the court.

Judge Pratt ordered Segura-White to comply with the following conditions of her community control: complete a drug and alcohol assessment, a mental health assessment, obtain a full-time job, complete Thinking for a Change program, serve 50 hours of community services and maintain a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. unless work conditions apply.

Judge Pratt reserved 36 months of prison for counts 1-7 of money laundering and 12 months in prison for the drug possession charge. She also suspended Segura-White’s driver’s license for two years.

Kendell also requested Segura-White have no contact with the four co-defendants who remain at large in connection with the case.

“I hope not to see you back,” Pratt told Segura-White following the hearing.

Erick Segura was sentenced to serve 10 years on all charges as part of a plea agreement with the state.

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.

Jose Barajas, 37, a Mexican national, 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.

Warrants are still outstanding for Dora N. Avendano, 37, and Hugo Avendano, 31, both formerly of Tipp City; Ricardo Mondragon, 26, formerly of Dayton; and Jose Galvin, 32, formerly of New Carlisle. All subjects’ whereabouts are still currently unknown.

According to officials, the investigation started two years ago, when the drugs were initially seized from the Tipp City home.



By Melanie Yingst