Chesterton duo plead guilty to dealing crack with kids near

2013-07-09T17:00:00Z 2013-07-09T18:15:43Z Chesterton duo plead guilty to dealing crack with kids nearBob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com

VALPARAISO | A Chesterton couple faces prison time after entering into new plea agreements on charges of selling crack cocaine in April 2012, including instances where their three children were present.

Andrea Coleman, 34, faces up to five years behind bars, as opposed to her original plea agreement, which gave her a shot at avoiding prison by taking part in the county's drug treatment court program.

She pleaded guilty to felony counts of dealing cocaine and neglect of a dependent. 

Jerry Coleman Jr., 40, faces up to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to felony counts of dealing cocaine and neglect of a dependent.

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 Coleman on April 3, 2012, from a location in the 1600 block of Pioneer Trail, Taylor said. The Colemans were living at 1920 Cory Lane at the time.

Andrea Coleman 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 Coleman 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 Coleman 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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