Man gets 5 years, forfeits $84K for Miami County drug bust

Hugo Zaragoza Avendano, Miami County Jail. CONTRIBUTED.
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Hugo Zaragoza Avendano, Miami County Jail. CONTRIBUTED.

A former Tipp City man indicted for his role in a drug ring that investigators said brought large amounts of heroin and methamphetamines into the Miami Valley pleaded guilty Wednesday to eight felony charges and was sentenced to five years in prison.

As part of a plea deal in a Miami County court, Hugo Avendano, 33, also agreed to the forfeiture of more than $84,000 cash seized by investigators from storage units and two houses in Tipp City.

Avendano was arrested in summer 2017 in Florida after calling police complaining someone had stolen money from him. He was arrested on warrants issued in August 2016 when he was indicted along with seven others for participation in the drug operation.

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Avendano faced 11 charges including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, aggravated funding of drug trafficking and money laundering. He pleaded guilty to one count each of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, conspiracy to engage in a pattern of corrupt activity and attempted aggravated funding of drug trafficking plus five counts of money laundering. Three drug indictments were dismissed.

In addition to the forfeiture of money, he agreed to forfeiture of four new home theater systems, projection screen and projectors. The forfeitures were based on their possession through illegal drug proceeds.

Speaking through an interpreter, Avendano said he hoped “everyone forgives me for what I did.”

He could have received up to 42 years in prison.

Avendano told Judge Christopher Gee he was not a U.S. citizen. With the conviction, he could be deported or excluded from admission to the country, Gee said.

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Others arrested in the case were: Mario Segura, 33, of Tipp City; Aleesha Segura White, 22 of Tipp City; Jose Barjas, 34, of Huber Heights and Dayton; and Erick Segura of Tipp City. They pleaded to charges in deals with prosecutors this year and have been sentenced.

Erick Segura was sentenced to 10 years in prison, while three years in prison was ordered for Mario Segura and Jose Barajas. Aleesha Segura White was sentenced to five years of community control.

The remaining suspects are: Dora Avendano, 37, formerly of Tipp City; Ricardo Mondragon, 26, formerly of Dayton; and Jose Galvin, 32, formerly of New Carlisle.