A Chesterton woman who the Porter County Drug Task Force (DTF) said sold
crack cocaine to a confidential informant--while accompanied by children in
her care--could be sentenced to Drug Court under a plea deal with the
Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
The woman’s husband, on the other hand, who is also accused of selling
crack, is facing a possible maximum sentence of 28 years.
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.
Jerry Coleman, 40, was charged with two Class B felony counts of dealing in
cocaine and one Class C count of neglect of dependent.
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.”
Andrea Coleman has pleaded guilty to all charges against her, in return for
which the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is recommending that she be
sentenced to Drug Court. If she does not qualify for Drug Court, her
sentence will be argued. If she is accepted into Drug Court but fails to
complete it, she will be sentenced at the discretion of the court, with the
understanding that the sentences for all four counts run consecutive to each
Jerry Coleman has similarly pleaded guilty to all three counts against him.
His sentence will be argued, with the understanding that the terms for the
two Class B felonies will run concurrent to each other but consecutive to
the term for the Class C felony.