LUDLOW, Mass. (AP) — A high-ranking Ludlow police officer has been charged with stealing drugs from the department's evidence locker.

Lt. Thomas Foye pleaded not guilty Thursday in Palmer District Court to charges of cocaine possession and larceny of a drug. He was released without bail.

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

The department started an internal investigation about a week ago and passed the findings on to the state attorney general's office.

Interim Chief Pablo Madera said he was "devastated" by the arrest of a valued colleague he helped train.

Foye had expressed interest in the chief's job.

He could not be reached for comment.