SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Salem public works employee has been indicted for allegedly buying drugs while driving a city vehicle.

Police say 51-year-old James Soper was spotted by detectives in a drug deal with a Lynn resident in January.

Soper was driving a city dump truck at the time.

Police allege Soper bought 100 oxycodone pills from the other man, who was found to be carrying $610 in cash and more than 450 oxycodone pills.

The Salem News (http://bit.ly/WR9DTf ) reports that if convicted, Soper faces a minimum mandatory 3 1/2 years and up to 20 years in state prison.

The indictment moves the case to superior court.

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Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com