Mother goes to prison for dealing drugs with kids present

2013-08-20T15:23:00Z 2013-08-21T07:11:12Z Mother goes to prison for dealing drugs with kids presentBob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com
August 20, 2013 3:23 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | Chesterton resident Andrea Coleman was taken into custody Tuesday to begin serving a four-year prison term after pleading guilty to dealing cocaine a year ago, including instances where her three children were present.

Coleman, 34, pleaded guilty to a Class B felony count of dealing cocaine and a C felony count of neglect of a dependent, according to her attorney Peter Boyles.

A confidential informant purchased 2 1/2 grams of cocaine for $200 from Coleman on April 3, 2012, from a location in the 1600 block of Pioneer Trail, police said.

Coleman then sold 3 1/2 grams for $320 on April 11, 2012, and 4 grams for $400 on April 24, 2012, police 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.

Her husband, Jerry Coleman Jr., 40, 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.

He pleaded guilty to B felony dealing and D felony neglect, and faces up to 14 years in prison when sentenced Sept. 17, Boyles said.

Police said they searched the Coleman home and found a pan used to cook rock cocaine. They believe Jerry Coleman Jr. 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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