GOSHEN — A woman charged with dealing in methamphetamine appeared for her initial hearing Thursday, Oct. 31, in Elkhart Circuit Court.
Brittany Freeling, 23, of Galien, Mich., was arrested on a criminal warrant Monday. She faces charges of dealing in methamphetamine as a Class A felony, dealing in meth as a Class B felony and neglect of a dependant, a Class D felony.
During her initial hearing, Freeling was appointed an attorney from the public defender’s office. Judge Terry Shewmaker also ordered a bond report to determine whether Freeling’s bond, which has been set at $50,000, can be reduced.
According to the probable cause affidavit for her arrest, Freeling and two men were stopped by an officer from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department Sept. 4, after trading a gram of meth for two pseudoephedrine boxes with an undercover officer.
Joshua Fisher, 25, Adam Shetler, 33, and Freeling talked with police and admitted to using and manufacturing meth.
Freeling told police she lived with Fisher and her 4-year-old child at 29887 Florida Ave. She admitted that she used meth and that she had precursors in her home.
She also admitted to using meth and interacting with her child while high.
That same day the Elkhart County Interdiction and Covert Enforcement Unit executed a warrant at Freeling’s house.
They found the residence in poor living conditions, with cockroaches and a strong smell of animal feces and urine.
Out of Freeling’s bedroom, police could detect a strong smell of chemicals. In a safe in Freeling’s bedroom, police found twelve small plastic bags with a powdery substance that tested positive for meth.
Also in the safe, they found plastic wrappers, coffee filters and plastic bags with white residue, smoking paraphernalia, a digital scale and four unopened boxes of blister packs containing pseudoephedrine.
The child’s bedroom only had a dresser and a child’s bed with no sheets on it. The smell of urine and feces reached the child’s room as well.
Another person living in that residence told police she took care of the child, and that Freeling and Fisher were sometimes out for days.
The child was removed from the house by the Indiana Department of Child Services.
Fisher was arrested Sept. 5 and was charged with dealing in meth in Circuit Court. His next hearing was scheduled for Jan. 9, 2014.
Freeling’s pretrial hearing was scheduled for Nov. 27 at 8:30 a.m.