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Lt. Thomas Foye to be arraigned in court
LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) - A Ludlow police lieutenant has been arrested; accused of cocaine possession and stealing from an evidence room.
Lt. Thomas Foye, 49, was arrested Thursday morning by state police at the Ludlow Police Station, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced.
He is charged with theft of drugs from a depository and possession of a class B substance.
The Attorney General's office became involved in the case following an internal investigation by the Ludlow Police Department.
Police Chief Pablo Madera told 22News Foye's arrest was the end result of a week long internal investigation at the police department.
Foye’s was arrested by State Police on Thursday morning, and accused of stealing cocaine from an evidence locker at the police station.
Chief Madera said there is a security policy in place for officers to remove evidence from the locker but would not elaborate.
The Chief also declined to answer if this was a singular isolated incident or if the theft occurred multiple times over the course of a week.
Chief Madera told 22News he's shocked by the arrest of Lt. Foye. He says he trained the Foye, rode along with him, and knew him very well. The Chief told 22News he was "devastated."
The Chief says he wants the public to know that the Ludlow Police Department is still ready to serve the community of Ludlow to the best of their ability.
Lt. Foye was a more than 20 year veteran of the Ludlow Police Force. He was promoted in May, taking the place of then, Lt. Pablo Madera, who has since been promoted to Chief.
Chief Madera said Foye has not had any past discipline while on the police force. The Chief described his record as, "exemplary."
Chief Madera would not comment on the job status of Lt. Foye, who was arraigned Thursday afternoon in Palmer District Court.
Foye was released on the condition that he check in with a probation officer and surrender his duty weapon.
Chief Madera said Foye cooperated during his arrest.
His next court date is scheduled for October 1.
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