Another of the four people arrested so far in a drug ring that law enforcement said brought large amounts of heroin and methamphetamines to Miami and other area counties was sentenced April 26 to three years in prison.
Jose Barajas, 34, of Huber Heights pleaded guilty to felony engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, conspiracy to engage in a pattern of corrupt of activity and two counts of aggravated financing of drug trafficking in incidents during 2013.
He was sentenced in Miami County Common Pleas Court by Judge Jeannine Pratt.
Barajas was arrested last year along with Erik Segura, 24; Mario Segura, 33, and Erick Segura’s wife, Aleesha Segura, 22, all of Tipp City on indictments issued by a county grand jury.
Erick Segura pleaded guilty to 34 felony charges and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Mario Segura pleaded guilty to 21 felony counts and will be sentenced May 30. The charges against Aleesha Segura are pending.
Steve Lord, now Miami County sheriff’s chief deputy, last year described those indicted as wholesalers selling kilogram amounts of the illegal drugs to dealers in Dayton, who in turn break down the drugs for street sale.
Four others indicted remain at large.
“I am sorry for everything that has been going on … I didn’t mean to cause harm to anybody,” Barajas told Pratt.
Pratt said she gives great weight to sentencing recommendations made jointly be defense lawyers and prosecutors but said she was having difficulty with a three-year term recommended for Barajas.
Public defender Jack Hemm said described Barajas as a “minimal” participant in the organization.
Pratt said that Barajas had only traffic violations on his record but was “acting as part of an organized criminal activity.” She told Barajas that Hemm had done “an outstanding job” representing him and that without the joint recommendation, a “much longer sentence” would likely have been ordered.
Barajas was sentenced to three years in prison and given credit for 238 days served in the county jail. His driver’s license will be suspended for three years following his release from prison.
Pratt previously told Barajas that, because he was not a United States citizen, he could face deportation.