And get this….Police say it’s not the first time.
24 year-old Lawrence Coppedge faces a long time in prison. Not only does he have a lengthy drug-record with Springfield Police, but he’s most recently wanted again on charges of dealing drugs in a school zone.
“This is a well-known parking lot where drug dealers will set up pre-arranged locations to make drug drops,” says Springfield Sgt. John Delaney.
It’s where police say in June Coppedge showed up in a car to meet 2 buyers.
From a distance officers watched as a conversation took place.
Then the 2 buyers followed him in their car to a second location off Bay Street in Springfield.
Delaney explains what happened next, “Officers held surveillance of the transaction where they observed Coppedge deal crack cocaine to two buyers.”
Once in the cars police began following the suspects in traffic.
“They lost Coppedge, he took a left turn and they weren’t able to get ahold of them. But they got the two buyers,” says Delaney.
A search of their vehicle by police turned up crack cocaine.
Coppedge already well-known to narcotics officers in the city is now wanted for dealing crack cocaine.
“And dealing drugs within a school zone which Coppedge has been arrested for twice before. Even though the Margaret Ells School isn’t visible from the gas station it is within a 1,000 feet making the penalty even more severe,” says Delaney.
“If he goes to trial he’s looking at at least a mandatory 2 year sentence. That’s 365 days in jail, times 2, do not pass go, etc.. He has to go to jail for 2 years,” Delaney went on to say.
What’s more, authorities say with his track record, his sentence will probably be longer.
If you see Lawrence Coppedge call 911 or you can send police an anonymous tip. Just text it to crimes or 2-7-4-6-3-7 and in the message type solve and your tip.