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Ex-Ludlow officer gets 2 years for stealing drugs

Daily Hampshire Gazette,
BYLINE: Associated Press

Ludlow, MA

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A former high-ranking Ludlow police officer who stole drugs from the department’s evidence locker has been sentenced to two years in jail.

Ex-Lt. Thomas Foye was also sentenced Wednesday in Hampden Superior Court to five years of probation. He pleaded guilty last week to evidence tampering, drug possession and larceny of a drug.

Prosecutors say the 50-year-old Foye entered the locker several times last year and stole cocaine and prescription painkillers.

His lawyer said Foye became addicted to OxyContin after a series of surgeries.

Foye’s attorney sought leniency, asking the judge to continue the case without a finding for three years. The town’s former police chief and select men supported Foye in court.

But the judge said jail time was warranted given Foye’s “grave breach of public trust.”

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