Immigration issues are among the problems an Atlanta woman arrested on trafficking charges in Jones County is facing.
Leticia Carpio Segundo was in Jones County Superior Court Aug. 20 seeking a reduction to her $100,000 bond that was the result of her Jan. 13 arrest. She was arrested with her husband, David Lopez Segundo. Both were charged with trafficking in cocaine, illegal drugs or marijuana.
Segundo was represented in the bond reduction hearing by defense attorney Chanel Payne. Senior Assistant District Attorney Dawn Baskin prosecuted the case.
After listening to the arguments of the attorneys, Superior Court Judge Brenda Trammel denied the reduction of Segundo’s bond.
Payne was first to speak in the motion and told the court that the $100,000 bond was unattainable for her client. She said Segund has ties to the United States and has three children who are U.S. citizens.
The attorney admitted her client has an immigration hold, but she did not think that would be a problem because of her children.
Baskin said Segundo has ties to a federal case out of Miami.
“Her husband will be indicted by the feds, but we are not sure if they are going to indict her,” the prosecutor said.
Baskin said the state was ready to present the case against Leticia Segundo to the grand jury. She said the crime lab results were back, and the total weight of the drugs was 1,981 grams.
The prosecutor said $100,000 was consistent for the charge of trafficking, and she said the defendant had no ties to Jones County.
“Her children are in Chicago and information from the feds are she was an active participant in this case,” Baskin said.
She said Segundo is facing a mandatory minimum of 25 years because of the amount of the drugs.
“We ask the $100,000 bond remain in place,” Baskin said.
Trammel said the amount of the bond was reasonable, and she was not going to reduce it.
The judge also had a message for attorneys with cases on the trial calendar.
“You need to get your cases ready. Our best indication is we may have a grand jury in October,” she said.
In a story of the arrests of the Segundos in The Jones County News, Jones County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Barron Hall said he was ready to watch the national championship football game Jan. 13 when he received a call about an ongoing drug investigation and the pending arrival of two suspects bringing drugs into the City of Gray.
Hall said he and Investigator Robert Reece set up surveillance in the motel parking lot assisted by Deputy Marty Brownlee and Gray Police officers. He said they saw a gray Honda Odyssey van pull into to the parking lot.
Hall said Brownlee was the first to make contact with the suspects. The investigator said, when he approached David Segundo, he immediately cooperated with officers and told them the drugs were in the back of the vehicle.
Hall said investigators found two kilos of meth in the back of the vehicle inside a black clothtype cooler. He said the suspect was adamant that his wife was not involved, but their investigation proved otherwise.