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Suspended police chief accused of buying cocaine online

Last Updated Aug 10, 2018 at 10:20 am EDT

This photo provided by Bergen County Prosecutor's Office shows suspended Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Chief Michael Coppola. Authorities say Coppola been buying cocaine online. Prosecutors say oppola went to a post office box to retrieve the order on Thursday. However, detectives had placed a package containing imitation cocaine in the box. He was arrested during a motor vehicle stop in Ridgefield Park. The 43-year-old is charged with attempting to possess cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He's scheduled to make a court appearance on Aug. 22, 2018. (Bergen County Prosecutor's Office via AP)

HACKENSACK, N.J. – Authorities say a suspended police chief in New Jersey has been buying cocaine online.

Prosecutors say Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Chief Michael Coppola went to a post office box to retrieve the order on Thursday. However, detectives had placed a package containing imitation cocaine in the box. Coppola was arrested during a motor vehicle stop in Ridgefield Park.

The 43-year-old is charged with attempting to possess cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He’s scheduled to make a court appearance on Aug. 22.

Coppola was suspended in July after the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office issued a report finding suspected violations of state laws and police guidelines within the department.

Coppola joined the department in 1996 and became chief in 2014. It could not be determined whether he has a lawyer.

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