New Jersey police chief who loved to punish traffic offenders busted for trying to buy cocaine Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 3, 2021


A New Jersey police chief who loved to punish road traffic offenders was busted on Thursday for trying to buy cocaine.

His arrest comes only months after he was reprimanded for running incentive programs for his cops to write more tickets to traffic offenders.

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Michael Coppola, the 43-year-old top cop of the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Department, ordered cocaine online, and it delivered to his post office box in Passaic County, Bergen County prosecutors told The Record.

But investigators filled a package with fake cocaine and put it in a post office box he owned  owned by Coppola, officials told WKXW-FM.

He picked up the package before agents stopped and arrested Coppola on Route 80 in Ridgefield Park, officials said, reported The New York Post.

He’s been charged with alleged attempted possession of cocaine.

The probe involved the police, the U.S. Homeland Security and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

According to The New York Post, Coppola’s 28-officer department patrols an 11-mile stretch of the highway between the George Washington Bridge and New York state line.

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