PLYMOUTH – Prosecutors say a Warsaw woman helped a Warsaw man – who was arrested after a brief standoff with police officers in mid-May near Tippecanoe – deal nearly two ounces of methamphetamine earlier this year.

The Marshall County Prosecutor’s Office charged Christine M. Bennett, 33, with conspiracy to commit dealing meth and dealing meth in late May.

Bennett was arrested in late May and was being held on $100,000 cash bond late Wednesday in the Marshall County Jail.

According to court documents:

Bennett reached out to a confidential informant working with the Marshall County Undercover Narcotics Investigation Team to sell about 1.8 ounces of meth.

“There were numerous messages and phone calls obtained where she is setting up the amount to purchase and the prices of the drugs,” according to the court papers. “She further called the informant with (Taran) Holderman next to her and assisted in arranging the meet location for the buy.”

Holderman sold the meth for $900 to a UNIT officer or informant on April 2.

UNIT officers, along with Bourbon police officers and ISP troopers, arrested Holderman, 27, in mid-May in a wooded area in Tippecanoe on suspicion of unlawful possession of a firearm by serious violent felon.

Holderman made an initial appearance in Marshall Superior Court I in late May after the prosecutor’s office charged him with four counts of dealing meth as a Level 2 felony.

Marshall County sheriff’s Det. Sgt. Jeff Snyder previously said in a news release that Holderman was wanted on a Kosciusko County warrant for dealing meth as a Level 2 felony.

Snyder previously said the charge against Holderman was the result of a mutual investigation between UNIT and NET43, UNIT’s equivalent in Kosciusko County.

According to paperwork filed with the Marshall County drug dealing charges, along with the April 2 drug deal, Holderman sold about 2.3 ounces of meth to an informant for $1,100 in Tippecanoe two days later.

The prosecutor’s office charge Holderman with illegal possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon about a week after his arrest.

Holderman remained at the Marshall County Jail late last week. It wasn’t immediately clear if he has a bond. Trial dates in his drug and gun possession cases have not yet been set.

Bennett made an initial appearance in Marshall Superior Court I in late May. Judge Robert Bowen appointed Plymouth attorney Christopher Berdahl as her public defender. A trial date has not yet been set.

Both charges against Bennett are Level 2 felonies, which are punishable by 10-30 years if convicted.

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Staff Writer smcgrath@thepilotnews.com 574-936-3101 ext. 109

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