Fugitive of the Week wanted on drug charges

On The Lookout - Fugitive of the Week

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Onondaga County Sheriff’s Warrant Unit detectives are asking you to be On The Lookout for Edward Coplin, 32.

After failing to make his court appearances, a judge has signed a warrant for Coplin, who is wanted for criminal possession of a controlled substance, 4th degree.

Police say in May 2018, Coplin was found unconscious and unresponsive behind the wheel of a vehicle in Thornden Park by Syracuse firefighters, who were returning from a call out.  The firemen turned the car off and attempted to revive Coplin. Detectives say the firefighters subsequently located a bag containing a white powdery substance in the center console and placed it on the roof with the car keys to await police. 

Coplin regained consciousness shortly after police arrived and exited the vehicle, demanding his keys. After blocking several attempts by Coplin to get back into his vehicle, one of the firemen alerted officers to the baggie on top of the car, according to police. 

When Coplin heard this, he grabbed the bag and ran, pursued by numerous officers. When they caught up with him, police say he fought with them until they were able to subdue him. Police say the powdery substance was later determined to be cocaine.

Coplin has 21 arrests since 2002.  He has had 10 warrants issued for his arrest.  The vast majority of his charges are drug-related.  He has also been the victim of a stabbing and a gunshot.

Coplin is 6’02” and 300 pounts with black hair and brown eyes.

Scars:  Chest, stomach & back (stab wounds), upper right arm (gunshot wound)

Last known address: 1108 S. State St. C/Syracuse

If you know where Sheriff’s Detectives can find Coplin, place a confidential tip on their hotline at (315) 435-3032.

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