Aug 16 2013

Ludlow police lieutenant charged with stealing drugs from evidence locker

Dr. Q

The Republican reports:

Ludlow Police Lt. Thomas F. Foye was at work Thursday morning when investigators found cocaine in his right front uniform pocket after he was seen searching evidence bags in the locked narcotics locker at the police station, according to court records.

Foye, 49, of Valley View Drive, denied charges of cocaine possession and larceny of a drug at his arraignment Thursday afternoon in Palmer District Court.

Judge Patricia T. Poehler ordered Foye to turn in all his firearms, as well as his license to carry a firearm, to the Ludlow Police Department. She also ordered him to remain drug free, undergo a substance abuse evaluation and to submit to random drug screens, as conditions of his release.

Wearing a white undershirt, Foye said little during the arraignment. The details of the charges against Foye were not read in court. His attorney was David K. Chivers, who was appointed for bail only. Foye will return to court on Oct. 1 for a pretrial conference.

Assistant Attorney General Marina Moriarty is prosecuting the case. She said the bail was agreed to by Chivers. Poehler told Foye that because this is a drug-related case, he is entitled to request an exam to determine if he is a drug dependent person.

Poehler told Foye he must keep the Probation Department aware of where he is living and not commit a crime, as additional conditions of his release. The charges were brought by state police.

After his arraignment, Foye was whisked away in an unmarked police cruiser. He left out the back door, apparently to avoid the media waiting for his exit outside.

Foye, a longtime police officer, recently was named a provisional lieutenant, and was formerly a sergeant in the detective bureau. He previously also worked as the department’s D.A.R.E. officer – a role in which he was charged with teaching students in grades 2, 4, 5 and 7 about the dangers of drug use.

Foye’s more recent history at the department includes an incident in which a suspect in a drug case allegedly went to his home to intimidate him for his role in the investigation.

The suspect was convicted in January of 2012 on a range of charges, including possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. He was convicted trespassing, intimidation of a witness, and resisting arrest for the incident at Foye’s home, during which he threatened to “get even” with Foye from jail and then chest-bumped him, leading to a scuffle.

Last year, Foye participated in a forum at Ludlow High School where he warned parents and residents about the growing danger of prescription drug abuse. He said the drug problem in Ludlow is the worst he has seen in the 25 years he has been working for the Police Department.

Hampden District Attorney Mark G. Mastroianni said Thursday it is too early for him to tell if Foye’s arrest will have any collateral effects on any current or recent prosecutions involving the Ludlow Police Department.

Mastroianni said his office will evaluate any possible ways Foye’s arrest might affect prosecutions as more facts are gathered about the situation which led to the arrest.

Check the full article here for details about how he was allegedly caught.