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Ludlow police lieutenant facing drug charges appears in court

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Suspended Ludlow Police Lt. Thomas Foye. (MassLive / The Republican). Suspended Ludlow Police Lt. Thomas Foye. (MassLive / The Republican).
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

A suspended Ludlow police lieutenant facing drug charges was back in Hampden Superior Court Thursday morning for a pre-trial hearing.

Lt. Thomas Foye had his case continued until Oct. 22 when he is expected to change his plea.

Foye was arrested in August 2013 at the Ludlow Police Department after an investigation was carried out by state police assigned to the attorney general's office. He allegedly broke into the evidence room of his own department and stole cocaine.

He was charged with charged with tampering with evidence, theft from an evidence locker, and possession of cocaine.

Foye was indicted March 6 on charges of possession of cocaine, tampering with evidence and theft from the evidence locker room in the police department.

The Board of Selectmen in Ludlow unanimously voted on March 11 to suspend Foye without pay. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Authorities said they watched Foye access the evidence room via a surveillance camera.

According to the attorney general's office, Foye stole dozens of pieces of evidence including cocaine and prescription pills. Authorities further alleged that in some cases, Foye replaced the narcotics in the evidence bags with pills that did not match the description on the corresponding state lab certifications.

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