The last of four people arrested in 2016 as part of drug trafficking investigators said brought large amounts of heroin and methamphetamines into the region were sentenced May 30 in Miami County Common Pleas Court.
County Prosecutor Tony Kendell said Aleesha Segura-White, 22, and Mario Segura, 33, of Tipp City, were the least and next to least culpable, respectively, in the multi-indictment case that also included Segura-White’s husband and another man.
Four others indicted in the same investigation remain at large.
Mario Segura pleaded guilty earlier to one count each of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, conspiracy to engage in a pattern of corrupt activity and possession of cocaine; three counts of money laundering; and 15 counts of aggravated funding of drug trafficking.
“I want to apologize for everything I did,” Segura said, adding he harmed his family as well as other families by his actions.
Judge Jeannine Pratt sentenced Segura to three years in prison on each of the charges except possession of cocaine. A one-year sentence was ordered for possession. The sentences will be served concurrently and Segura was given credit for 273 days served in the county jail since his arrest.
Segura’s driver’s license was suspended for three years and four vehicles were forfeited.
County Prosecutor Tony Kendell said Segura was the “next to the last in culpability” of eight people indicted by the grand jury. Pratt said Segura would have received substantially more time in prison without the recommendation from prosecutors and his cooperation with investigators.
Segura-White pleaded guilty to seven felony counts of money laundering and one count of possession of drugs, heroin. She was sentenced to five years of community control sanctions.
Kendell said she was the least culpable of the defendants.
Segura-White apologized for her actions. She had learned since she was jailed in August the extent of “what this evil drug” has done to people including hearing from experiences of fellow inmates who had overdosed and lost loved ones, she said.
She asked Judge Jeannine Pratt to allow her to return to her young children and her family. She had no prior convictions.
Pratt told her that without a recommendation from prosecutors, she, too, would be going to prison. She ordered Segura-White to serve five years of community control, 180 days in the county jail and a two-year license suspension. She was ordered to complete 50 hours of community service and was given credit for the more than 270 days in jail since her arrest.
Erick Segura, 24, of Tipp City was sentenced earlier to 10 years in prison while Jose Barajas, 34, of Huber Heights and Dayton was sentenced to three years in prison.
Arrest warrants have been issued for: Hugo Avendano, 31, formerly of Tipp City; Dora Avendano, 37, formerly of Tipp City; Ricardo Mondragon, 26, formerly of Dayton; and Jose I. Galvin, 32, formerly of New Carlisle.