Suspended NJ Police Chief Accused of Buying Cocaine Online

August 10, 2018 - 9:34 am

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- A disgraced former police chief in New Jersey is in trouble again – this time for drugs.

As WCBS 880’s Mike Sugerman reported, Michael Coppola ran the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Department until last year.

Coppola was arrested in Ridgefield Park -- this following his suspension last month after the Bergen County prosecutor's office reported suspected state law and department guideline violations.

The government accused him of giving awards and good parking spots for officers who wrote the most tickets, and also of reckless chases.

Now, Coppola is accused of cocaine possession.

"You know what it is? Once you get to power, that's it,” said one man named Tony. “You think you can get away with everything until you get caught."

Tony, talking about the story with his buddies, was a bit surprised about the way police said Coppola was caught buying drugs on the internet.

But Coppola did not get real drugs, authorities said. This time, he was set up by officers and arrested, authorities said.

Police said Coppola went to the post office Thursday to pick up an order, but detectives had placed imitation cocaine inside the package.

Out of jail now, Coppola will be in court on Aug. 22.