Chesterton couple guilty of dealing crack with their kids around

2013-04-09T11:22:00Z 2013-04-09T19:09:05Z Chesterton couple guilty of dealing crack with their kids aroundBob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com
April 09, 2013 11:22 am  • 

VALPARAISO | A Chesterton couple pleaded guilty Tuesday to several felony counts of selling crack cocaine a year ago, including instances where their three children were present.

The proposed deal calls for 33-year-old Andrea Coleman to receive a shot at avoiding prison by taking part in the county's drug treatment court program.

Jerry Coleman Jr., 40, will face prison time when sentencing is carried out for both defendants May 21 before Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper.

Andrea Coleman pleaded guilty to two Class A felony and one Class B felony counts of dealing cocaine and a Class C felony count of neglect of a dependent.

Jerry Coleman pleaded guilty to two Class B felony counts of dealing cocaine and a Class C felony count of neglect of a dependent. The sentences for the two drug counts are to run concurrent with one another and consecutive to the neglect charge, according to the proposed plea agreement.

The Porter County Drug Task Force was tipped off about the couple in April 2012, according to Coordinator Bob Taylor.

A confidential informant purchased 2 1/2 grams of cocaine for $200 from Andrea on April 3, 2012, from a location in the 1600 block of Pioneer Trail, Taylor said. Andrea and Jerry were living at 1920 Cory Lane at the time.

Andrea then sold 3 1/2 grams for $320 on April 11, 2012, and 4 grams for $400 on April 24, 2012, Taylor said. She reportedly had her three children in the car with her at the time of the April 11 sale and was seen carrying out subsequent deals with her children present.

Jerry is accused of selling just more than 1 gram of cocaine for $100 on April 5, 2012, and nearly 2 1/2 grams for $300 on April 17, 2012, according to police.

Police said they searched the Coleman home and found a pan used to cook rock cocaine. They believe Jerry flushed some of the drug down the toilet, where a water sample came back positive.

It is believed the Colemans had no other source of income other than the drug sales and were laundering drug proceeds via debit cards. There is evidence the Colemans also traded crack cocaine for stolen items, police said.

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