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New Jersey police chief busted trying to buy cocaine online

August 12, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
New Jersey police chief busted trying to buy cocaine online

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A police chief in New Jersey was busted Thursday attempting to purchase cocaine online and then have it sent to his P.O. box.

Michael Coppola, the 43-year-old police chief with the Palisades Interstate Parkway Department, believed he was buying cocaine on the internet and had the drugs sent by mail to a Post Office mailbox in Passaic County, New Jersey

The arrest was the result of an investigation that involved Homeland Security and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

According to the New York Post, detectives filled a box with bogus cocaine and placed it in a post office box owned by Coppola.

The officer picked up the package before law enforcement intercepted and arrested the man on Route 80 in Ridgefield Park.

Authorities charged Coppola with attempted possession of cocaine.

Coppola’s 28-cop department patrols an 11-mile span of the highway between the George Washington Bridge and New York state line.

The chief was scolded earlier this year when prosecutors discovered that he ran incentive programs for his officers to give out more tickets.

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