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New Jersey police chief resigns after arrest for allegedly buying cocaine

Michael Coppola resigned as the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police chief after he was arrested for alleged attempt to buy cocaine. He had also recently suspended from the force because of an investigation into how he managed the department.

(Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office)

A New Jersey police chief resigned last week after he was arrested earlier this month for allegedly buying cocaine online.

Michael Coppola, the warring Palisades Interstate Parkway Police chief, allegedly bought cocaine on the Internet and had delivered to a post office box. Coppola was arrested during a traffic stop on Aug. 9 allegedly after getting the package of what he believed to be cocaine from the post office, WNBC-TV reported.

The 43-year-old, who had led the police department since 2014, submitted his resignation Aug. 15, Jim Hall, the executive director of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, told NJ.com.

Coppola’s arrest came after a year of contrasts for the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Department. The researchers started to probe the agency in November after two suspects died during police chases.

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Prosecutors said in July the power abused police tactics, did not properly investigate officers accused of misconduct, and chased the people without reason or permission. Researchers also said Coppola ran a “prices and incentives” program for officers, which had the most arrests and tickets.

Coppola was suspended for 90 days after the findings were released.

Coppola is charged with the attempted possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, and faces up to five years in prison, NorthJersey.com reported.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

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