A Chesterton woman who the Porter County Drug Task Force (DTF) said sold
crack cocaine to a confidential informant at the local Family Express--while
accompanied by children in her care--is facing a maximum term of five years
in prison under a plea deal with the Prosecuting Attorney’s
The woman’s husband, on the other hand, who is also accused of selling
crack, is facing a possible maximum sentence of 14 years, under a separate
Andrea Coleman, 33, who at the time of her arrest was residing in the 1900
block of Cory Lane, was originally charged with three counts of dealing
cocaine, two of them Class A felonies punishable by a term of 20 to 50 years
and one of them a Class B felony punishable by a term of six to 20 years.
She was also charged with neglect of a dependent, a Class C felony
punishable by a term of two to eight years.
Under the plead-and-argue agreement, Andrea Coleman would be sentenced to no
more than five years in the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) on the
Class B count. On the Class C count--neglect of a dependent--any sentence up
to the statutory maximum of eight years would be suspended and served on
formal probation. The two sentences would run consecutively. The two Class A
counts would both be dismissed.
Jerry Coleman, 40, for his part, was charged with two Class B felony counts
of dealing in cocaine and one Class C count of neglect of dependent.
Under his plead-and-argue agreement, Jerry Coleman would be sentenced to no
more than 14 years in the DOC on the first Class B count. On the Class C
count--neglect of a dependent--any sentence up to the statutory maximum
would, again, be suspended and served on formal probation. The two
sentences, like his wife’s, would run consecutively.
The second Class B count would be dismissed.
Those charges were filed against the couple in April 2012, after DTF agents
arranged with a confidential informant (CI) to make four separate purchases
of crack cocaine from the Colemans, between April 5 and April 24. The total
amount of cocaine purchased in those sales, according to the probable cause
affidavit filed by DTF Coordinator Bob Taylor: 11 grams, on which the CI
spent a total of $1,120. All purchases were made at the Family Express at
1681 Pioneer Trail, across from the then WiseWay Foods, Taylor stated in his
Andrea Coleman made two of the sales, Taylor stated, on April 11 and April
24, and on both occasions “she had three children in the car.”
Jerry Coleman made the other two, on April 5 and April 17, Taylor said.
After the sale on April 24, DTF executed a search warrant at their
residence, where it is believed Jerry Coleman flushed crack cocaine down the
toilet. Agents “tested the toilet water and it tested positive for cocaine,”
Taylor stated. Also found at the residence: a pan used to “cook” rock
cocaine, “which also tested positive.”
“From documents seized during the search, it is believed that neither Andrea
nor Jerry Coleman had any source of income apart from dealing crack cocaine
and laundering drug proceeds via debit cards,” Taylor stated. “From
additional evidence gained during the investigation, it appeared that the
Colemans also traded crack cocaine for items that had been stolen.”
Under a previous plea arrangement, Andrea Coleman would have been eligible
for Drug Court. The more recent arrangement--dated Tuesday--supersedes the