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Mary-Lyn BuckleyAug 18, 2018, 4:58 pmAug 20, 2018, 8:23 am

Palisades Interstate Parkway police chief resigns after allegedly buying cocaine online

Sgt. Jock Watkins will lead the department until a new chief is hired


ALPINE – Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Chief Michael Coppola, 43, has resigned after being arrested for buying cocaine online and having it shipped his post office mailbox. Coppola didn't give a specific reason for his resignation; however, it was shortly after his arrest. Bergen County prosecutors said Coppola picked up a box, believing it had cocaine in it.

Coppola led the parkway police since 2013 and had been an employed officer with the same department since 2001, according to LinkedIn.

The parkway police has had a recent history of allegedly violating state guidelines on multiple different cases. Officers, apparently, disregarded proper protocols when performing hazardous police tactics. This led to the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office to lead an investigation into the police department.

Coppola is being charged with attempt to possess cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is expected to appear in court on Aug. 22. He could face up to five years in prison if found guilty.

Sgt. Jock Watkins will lead the department until a new chief is hired.

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