A high-ranking Ludlow police officer suspended after he was charged with stealing drugs from the department's evidence locker has pleaded not guilty at his Superior Court arraignment.


Lt. Thomas Foye pleaded not guilty Tuesday to tampering with evidence, theft of drugs from a dispensary, and cocaine possession.


He remains free on personal recognizance and must surrender his guns, which his lawyer says he has already done.


According to court documents, video surveillance captured the 49-year-old Foye entering the locked narcotics locker at the police station, where he appears to handle and open evidence bags.


He was arrested in August and suspended without pay last month.


In a prior statement, Foye said he ``went into surgery a hero and came out a drug addict.''