Ludlow Police Lieutenant Indicted for Stealing, Tampering with Drug Evidence and Possession of Cocaine
SPRINGFIELD – A Lieutenant at the Ludlow Police Department has been indicted in connection with tampering with evidence, theft from an evidence locker and possession of cocaine, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.
Lieutenant Thomas Foye, age 49, of Ludlow, was indicted today by a Hampden County Grand Jury on the charges of Tampering with Evidence, Theft of Drugs from a Dispensary and Possession of a Class B Substance. He is expected to be arraigned in Hampden Superior Court at a later date.
Foye was arrested in August 2013 without incident at the Ludlow Police Station by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office.
After an internal investigation that was initiated due to missing drug evidence, the Ludlow Police Department contacted the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office, which then referred the matter to the AG’s Office.
The AG’s Office began an immediate investigation into the matter in August 2013. Foye was arrested on August 15, 2013 after he allegedly accessed the evidence locker without authorization. Upon arresting Foye, authorities discovered him in possession of cocaine.
Subsequent investigation revealed that Foye allegedly accessed the evidence locker without authorization by using an emergency key that granted him access without associating the entry with his name. Authorities allegedly found empty evidence bags in Foye’s office.
Between January and August 2013, Foye allegedly stole dozens of pieces of evidence including cocaine and prescription pills. Authorities further allege 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.
These charges are allegations, and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
This matter is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Marina Moriarty and David Rubin of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, with assistance from the Massachusetts State Police.