Ludlow police Lt. facing drug charges to be placed on paid leave - KCTV5

Ludlow police Lt. facing drug charges to be placed on paid leave

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LUDLOW, MA (WSHM) -

A 26-year veteran of the Ludlow Police Department is now on paid administrative leave after being accused of stealing drugs from the department's evidence room.

Lt. Thomas Foye was arrested last Thursday by state police after they say they watched him steal drugs via a camera in the evidence room.

Tuesday night the board of selectmen met behind closed doors to discuss his fate.

After an hour and a half of discussing Foye's charges with the town lawyer and acting police Chief Pablo Madera, the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen William Rooney only made a brief statement saying, "The board of selectmen voted to place Lt. Thomas Foye on administrative leave with pay while the alleged misconduct is being further investigated."

Rooney went on to say they will await further word from the attorney general's office but would not comment on anything that happened in executive session.

Madera declined to comment on camera but at an impromptu press conference outside police headquarters the day of the arrest last week said it was traumatic for the department.

"I'm devastated," he said last week.

Foye is accused of stealing drugs from the evidence locker inside Ludlow police headquarters and being in possession of cocaine.

State police watched him via a camera inside the evidence locker and made the arrest last Thursday morning without incident.

Foye was released but was forced to surrender his guns and FID card.

He is due back in court in October.

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